Eric Gagne Re-signed by Milwaukee Brewers, Avoid Arbitration Hearing with Hart

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

The second verse is much different than the first.

Tom Haudricourt drops in some notes from camp, and indicates Milwaukee has reached an agreement with Cy Young winner and former Brewers closer Eric Gagne. It is reported to be a minor league deal. Under those circumstances, Haudricourt speculates it to be a one-year, incentive-laden deal.

I’d expressed my desire for Milwaukee to look into re-signing Gagne in previous posts. He’ll likely compete for a seventh inning or setup (eighth inning) role in the bullpen, and will provide significant depth in case of injury.

For those who hate this deal—view it as a chance to redeem himself, and actually earn some of the $10 million he was paid last year. Good going, Dougie!

Update (5:14 p.m.): Haudricourt also reports Milwaukee and Corey Hart have reached an agreement, and will avoid an arbitration hearing that would have taken place tomorrow. No financials are known. I’m glad to see Doug Melvin’s hearing slate remain clean—even if it pretty much renders THIS useless.