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Offline 2k6nats

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Rangers acquire Gagne w/ one year deal
« Topic Start: December 12, 2006, 08:51:42 PM »

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with reliever Eric Gagne. The agreement is pending a physical but the Rangers have already checked out his medical reports and are satisfied that he is healthy again.

Gagne, 30, is a right-hander who has spent the past eight seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the 2003 Cy Young winner who has been limited to 16 games over the past two years because of back and elbow surgery. He had 158 saves between 2002-04.

Although the Rangers are deep with young relievers, club officials view Gagne as one of the few free agents left on the market who could make a serious impact on a team. He could be an eighth-inning setup reliever or he could take over as closer. That would allow the Rangers to use Akinori Otsuka in the eighth inning.

The Rangers also view Gagne as a mentor to their young relievers.

Gagne is the second free agent the Rangers have come to terms with in the past two days. They are expected to hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to introduce center fielder Kenny Lofton, who has also agreed to a one-year deal.

They also spent Tuesday meeting with free agent pitcher Mark Mulder, who is also being pursued by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gagne needs a fresh start.  Hopefully he can turn it around, and become the Gagne of old.

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Rangers acquire Gagne w/ one year deal
« Reply #1: December 13, 2006, 12:21:30 PM »
But considering Gagne's recent injury history, the fact that all the money is guaranteed simply blows my mind.

Offline The Chief

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Rangers acquire Gagne w/ one year deal
« Reply #2: December 13, 2006, 01:49:43 PM »
6 mil is positively tame compared to some of the other stupid deals flying around.