December 08, 2006
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff
Free-agent closer Eric Gagne is expected to decide today where he’ll be pitching in 2007, his choice coming down to one of three teams that have made him offers: the Red Sox, Indians, and Rangers.
The Red Sox may be a dark horse in this three-team race, as Gagne is more likely to have his contract demands satisfied by either the Indians or Rangers. The Sox are balking at agent Scott Boras's demand for at least $5 million in guaranteed money for Gagne, who has been limited to 15 1/3 innings the last two years because of multiple elbow surgeries and back surgery. The Sox were reviewing Gagne's medical records, but without the chance to see him pitch -- and Boras has no inclination to audition his client, who saved 152 games from 2002-04 with the Dodgers -- a Gagne signing comes with significant risk.
Gagne rejected an offer from his former team, the Dodgers, that would have guaranteed him $4 million in 2007, with an additional $6 million in incentives.