Gagne Could Be Great For The Rangers

The Rangers introduced Eric Gagne and it was the first time I got to talk to him since 1999 at Vero Beach when he was a starter for the Dodgers

New skipper Ron Washington said he was happy to give up his #38 jersey to the former Cy Young Award winner. Washington told me what he really liked about Gagne’s press conference was how he spoke about winning. Wash says that’s what it needs to be about, winning.

Gagne signed a one year deal for 6 million. He could earn up to 11 million with a solid season. He is the closer. Aki Otsuka was outstanding last year taking over for Coco Cordero, but he’s going back to pitching the eighth inning.

This is a solid move for one reason… the risk is nothing and the reward could be great. If Gagne is solid, the Rangers could move Aki for a very good player in a trade.

If these two guys can close down the 8th and 9th, starters like Kevin Millwood, Vincente Padilla and Robinson Tejeda could get by pitching six or seven innings.

Now…if they can get Barry Zito under contract.

Newy Scruggs

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