Former Cy Young Award winner, Eric Gagne, is in talks with the Dodgers, as well as two other teams for a minor league deal.
This would be quite a reunion for the Dodgers as he is their former closer and won the NL Cy Young in that role in 2003. Gagne recently pitched for team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and looked impressive, allowing no runs while striking out two and walking one in 2 1/3 innings.
This was first reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet Canada.
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
While Gagne’s chances of actually returning to the big leagues seem slim, he would generate a lot of buzz if he could. It’s important to remember that he hasn’t pitched a big league game since 2008, so returning to that level will be a slow process. Gagne was a fan favorite his first time in LA, and despite many fans turning their backs on him amid PED allegations, he still has the support of many.
It’s tough to speculate on what role Gagne would have in a return to the Dodgers, but most likely it would be in mid relief in an injury situation. Obviously he won’t be the same Eric Gagne that caused a frenzy in his first stint in LA, but he could still make an impact. He certainly will have all eyes on him if he were to ever put the Dodger Blue back on.