Monday, November 19, 2007

Arbitration for Gagne?


The deadline for teams to offer arbitration to players is Dec. 1. The Sox have a dilemma with Eric Gagne; if they offer him arbitration and he signs with another team they get the first round draft pick that goes along with losing a Type B free agent. If they don't offer arbitration and he signs with another team they get nothing. This may seem like a no-brainer, offer arbitration and take the pick. The problem is he may accept arbitration and get as much as $9 million. If he does that the Sox are out the money and stuck with a pitcher who almost cost Boston the AL East and went 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA this year. I say offer arbitration and if he takes it use him in middle relief again. He may be able to pitch close to the way he did with the Dodgers and Rangers and be worth the money.

3 comments:

skateps,  November 19, 2007 at 7:24 PM  

I would be willing to try him again, because he might bounce back into his old form. Nine million bucks, however, is a hefty price to pay for such a big risk. It really is a tough call.

Fenway West November 19, 2007 at 8:55 PM  

If a starter gets hurt and he is pitching ok...he or Oki could close and Paps could join the rotation.

Dave November 27, 2007 at 12:19 PM  

Don't move Pap to the rotation. He is a closer now, nothing else. Gagne showed us glimpses of his old fireballin' stough. I think he was just havin' trouble adjusting to his new role. I wouldn't mind seein' him back as a 7th/8th inning and occasional (seasoned)closer if Pap and Oki are spent. I also see Manny in a potential set up or closer role in a couple of years.

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