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Gagne close to joining Tribe?

Unread postby consigliere » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:34 pm

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/r ... tra_bases/

December 08, 2006
Decision day?
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.
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Unread postby ACrank » Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:37 pm

i'll be surprised if it happens - Boston still needs a closer
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Unread postby consigliere » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:07 pm

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Door on Gagne is closed
Sox appear likely to explore a trade
By Gordon Edes, Globe Staff | December 9, 2006

With Eric Gagne apparently in position to sign for considerably more money than the Red Sox were willing to offer, general manager Theo Epstein has all but exhausted plausible free agent alternatives for a closer and will have little choice but to continue exploring a trade.

The Sox, believing Gagne was on the verge of signing a one-year deal for $6 million, with an additional $5 million in performance incentives, with one of two teams -- the Indians or Rangers were his rumored destinations -- yesterday dropped out of the running for the former Dodger, who has been limited to 15 1/3 innings over the past two years because of elbow and back surgeries. The day before, the Sox saw their offer for Octavio Dotel, who spent last season recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery, trumped by a surprise suitor, the Kansas City Royals, who gave Dotel a one-year deal for $4 million, with an additional $2 million in incentives.


Looks like it is down to the Indians and Rangers. Here we go again....how much anyone want to bet we end up second in the bidding?;)
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Unread postby pup » Sat Dec 09, 2006 12:43 pm

Looks like it is down to the Indians and Rangers. Here we go again....how much anyone want to bet we end up second in the bidding?


Even "The Apologists" are starting to see the :idea:

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Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:09 pm

Gagne to sign with Giants
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Unread postby ACrank » Sun Dec 10, 2006 12:25 am

You have a link Danny?
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Unread postby consigliere » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:27 pm

Nothing confirmed yet. If you are going to say someone has signed with so and so, please provide a source. Thanks.
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Unread postby consigliere » Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:37 pm

Gagne signs with Texas for 1 year and $8M gauranteed, pending a physical (per ESPN).
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Unread postby pup » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:19 pm

Shocking.
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Unread postby ACrank » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:17 pm

That the Indians wouldn't guarantee 8 million to a guy who hasn't pitched but 15 innings for the last two years - nah, not shocking, smart, intelligent, and all in all a good move.

But definately not shocking.

Its not that the Indians couldn't have used Gagne, but not at 8 million. Thats too much to pay for him.
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Unread postby Guest » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:22 pm

CBS reported 6 mill
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Unread postby pup » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:59 pm

Did anyone really think someone would not come in and give Gagne more than we would offer?

I am not mad they did not sign him, I have been anti-Gagne since the first time it was mentioned.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of a deal between us and Texas for their current closer, Atsuka I think, and Westbrook.

Then with the cash we didn't spend on Gagne, we can get Mark Mulder...
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Unread postby consigliere » Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:47 pm

You know......someone on another board made a great point in regard to Gagne: "I don't think the Indians were seriously in it. The Red Sox made it very public when they dropped out of the Gagne running. The Indians never said anything about it. I think they were in it because Scott Boras said they were."

After the fact, I don't believe we really heard a wimper from any of the local fishwraps or from the Indians. Not a peep. THe only thing we saw connecting the Indians to Gagne was that Boston Globe stuff.

In any case, I'd still liked to have signed him and taken the risk. That said, not getting doesn't mean we have a huge hole to fill. He would have been a luxury and a risk worth taking.....but we are still a very good team. I still think they'll do something else in the pen, and maybe even something else.
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