Definitely would love to see Gagne back, especially considering he's only on a one year deal.
Do they still play "Welcome to the Jungle" and flash GAME OVER when he enters in the 8th inning? :)
I still think that we shouldn't have passed on Gagne, but it was clear that Texas outbid for his services. Maybe that's an indication that Colletti was reluctant to make a bid on an injured pitcher (he might as well should have done it with Schmidt, too!)
And still, one of the classiest things I've ever seen by an ex-Dodger is going to Starbucks around Feb-Mar, sitting down to have a coffee, pulling out the LA Times sports section and seeing a full-page spread reading something to the tune of... "To the best fans in baseball, I'll always remember and cherish the nights you allowed me to perform in front of you. Thank you for everything. Eric Gagne"
Bring Back "Game Over!"
Well here's how I feel about it.
Saito has earned the closer's spot on this ball club. He's been so lights-out that there's no way I'd think about moving him to another inning. Gagne coming back? Great. Glad to have him. But I'd use him situationally in a comparatively early inning...much the way Beimel gets used.
Keep Broxton in there to set up (based upon his performance so far). Gotta mind the kid's psyche this early in his career in order to let him grow into the closer we want him to be.
Saito-san closes. End of story. He's earned his job, and it should be his to lose.
I say bring in Gagne to set up Saito and let Broxton thrive in the less pressure filled pre-set up man role. Plus spending time with a veteran and dominant closer like Gagne can't be bad for Broxton's development.
But didn't Mueller also say he's not sure about next season? Personally, I hope he stays and that the Dodgers want to keep him on as hitting coach. I was a big fan of the move to can Murray especially the decision to replace him with Mueller. He's a much more personable guy. There was an interesting article in the paper yesterday...I'll see if I can find it...about how much Mueller has helped Ethier in particular.
But would Gagne accept a trade to be a setup man? I think his no-trade clause can be used when he's being traded somewhere he won't be a closer.
This is from the Fort Worth Star Telegram yesterday...
Unlike Otsuka, Gagné has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to veto certain deals, and he wouldn't say Tuesday whether he would accept being used as a setup man.
He still hopes to stay with Texas, which signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal in the off-season.