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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedingPurple View Post
    Honestly, I wouldn't mind at all to have Gagne back. Between him, Broxton, and Saito, and the rest of our bullpen we would be back to a 6 inning ball game, every game. I'm over the fact that he left just like I'm over the fact that Beimel cut his hand in a bar during the playoffs. If the price is right, bring him back.
    With our current starting rotation we're definitely going to be depending upon our bullpen more than ever. I say kick the tires on a Gagne deal and find out what Texas wants in return.

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    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?

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    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"

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    Bring Back "Game Over!"

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Saito-san closes. End of story. He's earned his job, and it should be his to lose.
    Goes without saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    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.
    Broxton is still young and we saw what happened to him in last year's playoffs. While he has pitched better this year, he's still prone to overthrowing and melting down in certain high pressure situations.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    Didn't they announce Mueller's permanent status a couple weeks ago?

    EDIT: Yes. They Did.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Natural View Post
    Goes without saying.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EncinoDodgerFan View Post
    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.
    I was just reading something similar on the Dodgers website. Ethier talks about how Murray was a "10-minutes of BP" kind of coach who didn't give him a whole lot of interaction in regards to his mechanics. Apparently, he grew up with a dad who was very interactive from a hitting-coach standpoint, and Mueller's approach is much better suited to his way of learning.
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