In one of the most boring offseasons in the history of the Twins, a move is finally close to being considered a possibility.
Eric Gagne could be a Minnesota Twins.
How do I feel about this? Well, like a lot of other things, I’m torn.
On one hand, Gagne was horrible for the first half of 2008. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at his line through May 20:
6.98 ERA, allowed .295/.421/.513, 934 OPS, 19.1 IP, 23 hits, 15 runs, 16 walks, 18 strikeouts
Clearly not worth the $10 million he received, which was due almost totally to the work (or mere mention) of Scott Boras.
Gagne is now a free agent, and the Twins are interested. Funnily enough, Minnesota isn’t pushing hard for either Lyon or Cruz, but when the Gagne discussion started, destiny couldn’t keep these two apart.
The Twins have to sign a sub-par veteran every year. It’s almost a must.
The thing is, though, that Gagne was very good before last year. If the Twins could manage to pry him away from Boras’ hands for under $2 million a year, plus incentives, I would be a happy man. A move like that has low risk-high reward written all over it.
In other news, Jason Kubel has been re-signed on a two-year deal with a third year option. Could this be the best move of the Smith era?
Next up is Mauer, hopefully!