Report: Eric Gagne, Dodgers discussing minor-league deal
14 years after winning the Cy Young Award with them, Eric Gagne could be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet on Saturday, Gagne says he’s discussing a minor-league deal with the Dodgers.
Eric Gagne said he's talking minor-lg deal with #Dodgers. 2 other teams “really interested, but right now I’m really focused on the Dodgers”
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) April 1, 2017
Gagne, now 41 years old, pitched with the Dodgers for eight seasons from 1999 to 2006, establishing himself as one of the most dominant closers of the 2000s with three straight All-Star appearances, a National League Cy Young Award, and a streak of 84 consecutive saves (which is still an MLB record). He won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 but saw a steep decline in performance after leaving the Dodgers and was out of the league by 2008.
We heard recently that Gagne was indeed attempting an MLB comeback, and he pitched for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic last month. It’s hard to think of a better landing spot for him to make his grand return to the big leagues than with his ol’ Boys in Blue.