Trades: Red Sox agree on Gagne

Well, it’s all but official. The Red Sox have agreed in principle on a deal that would bring Texas closer Eric Gagne to Boston for Kason Gabbard and one other minor league player. This is a great move, without disturbing the core prospects in the organization.

There are two last hurdles:

  1. Gagne holds a no-trade clause when it comes to the Red Sox. Epstein will likely have to guarantee the incentive clauses of Gagne’s contract this year. He may also have to work out an agreement where Gagne either shares the closing duties with Jonathan Papelbon, or becomes the de facto closer.
  2. Gagne must pass the physical. Though he has pitched well this season, he has missed a good portion of it on the DL. He missed almost two years before this season, so we have to make sure he’s okay.

Now finishing games for the Boston Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Papelbon and Gagne. I like those odds. Add to that Manny Delcarmen and either Mike Timlin or Brendan Donnelly, and no one is scoring on us past the sixth inning. Ever.

This is a major coup for the Red Sox, who by obtaining Gagne now unequivocally possess the best bullpen in the major leagues.

It’ll be a little crowded at the back of the bullpen, but that’s a good crowded. What about next year? It’s really too early to talk about it, but with Gagne in a contract year, we can re-sign him if he becomes the old Gagne, or let him walk and take some draft picks. That’s actually incentive for us to allow Gagne to close games this season, so that he qualifies as a Class A free agent.


4 Responses to Trades: Red Sox agree on Gagne

  1. donchoi says:

    In other news, the Jermaine Dye talks are all but over. Look for Theo to ring Billy Beane about Bobby Kielty now.

  2. EG says:

    Just heard about this news on Babbledog. Huge day for Boston sports with Garnett and Gagne coming to town. You should run the Red Sox chat over there with all of your info!

  3. donchoi says:

    In a press conference, Theo Epstein noted that Gagne is okay with assuming a setup role in the Boston bullpen for this season. That’s great- Gagne gets his $ and everyone’s happy.

  4. donchoi says:

    Easing my health concerns about Gagne somewhat, scouts have reported that he was throwing 95 mph gas last week, and his stuff is getting back to where it used to be. Great news for the Sox.

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