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Eric Gagne trying out for the Phillies today

Jan 20, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

Eric Gagne told a French-Canadian radio station that he has a tryout scheduled for today with the Phillies, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. was unavailable for comment when Philadelphia Daily News reporter David Murphy tried to get in touch with him about the former Cy Young winner.
Gagne signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers last winter after posting a 5.44 ERA in 46 innings for Milwaukee in 2008, but was released early in spring training when shoulder problems sidelined him. Once healthy he spent last season pitching in an independent Canadian league, where the longtime closer moved back to the rotation and had a 4.65 ERA in 17 starts.
Gagne turned 34 years old this month, hasn’t been effective in the majors since the first half of 2007, and struggled against the low-level competition in the Can-Am League last year, so suffice it to say that his odds of claiming a bullpen spot for the back-to-back NL champs are slim. Perhaps he’ll look decent enough to garner another minor-league deal, but Gagne has likely thrown his last pitch in the majors.

  1. Jacob - Jan 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    They could just put a Brad Lidge jersey on him. I doubt anyone would notice.

  2. Bobby Townsend - Jan 20, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Hey ROID BOY, You along with John Smoltz should give back to the Red Sox every nickle you stole from them and BTW, the 2007 championship ring. I am having a hard time deciding who sucked more in a Sox uniform. TAKE A HIKE !!!!

  3. Jeremy - Jan 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    My theory is the Phillies are showing interest just to try to sucker the Mets into signing him. Either that, or the Phils are trying to show how good they are by handicapping themselves. “See, we don’t even need decent relief pitching to win. In fact, we’re also going to have Utley play while hopping on one leg, and we’re going to have Howard bat with his eyes closed.”

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