Eric Gagne was almost a Twin. In fact, Gagne informed the Twins, just shortly before they turned him away, that he would accept a one-year, $3 million offer to bolster the bullpen.
Instead the Twins moved in a new direction and within a week agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with reliever Luis Ayala. The organization and fans were satisfied, Ayala has had some success and could be an upgrade to the late innings section of the 'pen.
Today however, Eric Gagne agreed to a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also received an invitation to spring training, and will have the opportunity to make the club from there.
The move doesn't totally resemble the Mark DeRosa situation of the early offseason. The situation in which the Twins failed to give up three mid-level prospects for a veteran right-handed hitting third basemen. However, it is still quite interesting.
Ayala is a wise pickup, and it can't really hurt, but couldn't the Twins have at least brought in Gagne as well? Ayala's price, or less as we've now found out, would have eventually brought the once great closer to Fort Myers and maybe even Minnesota come April.