Former Cy Young Award closer Eric Gagne is attempting a comeback after being out of baseball in 2009. A report from CKAC Sports Radio in Quebec says the Phillies will watch him pitch today.
The 34-year-old right-hander spent last season pitching as a starter for the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League. Before that, Gagne last pitched for Milwaukee after signing a one-year, $10 million deal to become the Brewers' closer in 2008. He was shut down in May with rotator cuff tendonitis and returned late in the season in a setup role. He was released by the Brewers in March of '09. A Yahoo! Sports report claims Gagne is trying to make his way back to the Majors as a starting pitcher, adding a cutter to his arsenal. A veteran of 10 seasons, Gagne was a perfect 55-for-55 in save opportunities in 2003, helping him net the National League Cy Young. He was listed in the Mitchell Report for using human-growth hormone.
Beerleaguer: Quipped one reader on Scott Lauber's blog: "Unless (Kirk) Radomski is included in the deal, I think Gagne is finis’ " That's probably true. Be that as it may, if the Phillies see that he has something left, why not give it a shot? Swap the Dominican Republic with Quebec and this is Pedro Martinez all over again. For a time, Pedro and Gagne were two of the best pitchers going in baseball. Although he was gassed in Game 6, Pedro was a good signing. The Phils could structure a minor league deal for Gagne with an early summer out clause, test him in Lehigh Valley and see what happens.