Does “Get Hansack Warming” Sound Good to Anyone?

Yes, I know there are three months+ until opening day, and that the bullpen situation isn’t settled, and that the "closer by committee" thing is probably not the first choice or what will be deployed, but I can’t help but think that not risking six mill on the upside of Eric Gagne was a mistake.  Theo’s track record with the bullpen (Keith Foulke 2004 notwithstanding) doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies.  So for the record, I think the Sox screwed up on this one.

11 comments… add one
  • What’s up with the colouring?
    I think Gagne is a bit on the expensive side.. same contract, but more toward incentives and less sure money would’ve been happier for me..

    Lar December 20, 2006, 4:04 pm
  • The colouring was a mistake. Now fixed. What up with the British spelling of “colouring”? Do we have an Englishman in our midst? (besides the incorrigible Sam, that is!)
    In light of the dollars spent by the Sox this offseason, a one year deal for Eric Gagne at $6M, pending his physical checking out, doesn’t seem like much of a risk to me. If he breaks down, then I will of course have been wrong. Not being privy to medical records and not having to actually spend six million for the guy does make my cavalier attitude and editorializing very easy, I freely admit.

    SF December 20, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Kerry Wood got $2M plus incentives. That was a steal. Gagne I think is worthly of a 1yr $6M try but I really think his arm will fall off. I mean last year he felt sharp pains right after he said he was fine.

    Seth December 20, 2006, 4:19 pm
  • Nick YF guessed 6 years $52 mil. Sounds pretty good to me. Any way you look at it, we YFs are pretty smart.

    john December 20, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • oops – wrong thread
    delete that pretty smart part

    john December 20, 2006, 4:22 pm
  • Grew up in a system with British spelling.. mostly catch them, but sometimes slips a “colour” or a “favour” here and there..
    I might be biased against Gagne – had him in my legacy fantasy league the last 4 years, 2 years mostly on the DL. He said he was fine too, and even got a save, getting the hopes way high up, before crashing back down to earth merely two appearances later.
    I don’t know. In this market the going rate isn’t anywhere close, so maybe I’m still speaking of a yesteryear market. But while I wouldn’t mind paying Gagne 10 mil, it would be 10 mil that he earned, rather than paid..
    I think I would’ve put it at somewhere around 3+7 or 4+6 instead..

    Lar December 20, 2006, 4:23 pm
  • I put a dash through my 7s. Is that the British-style?

    Nick-YF December 20, 2006, 4:28 pm
  • But of course, I’m pinching pennies..

    Lar December 20, 2006, 4:29 pm
  • Red Sox should definitely have spent the 6 million it took to get Gagne. The reward is Eric Gagne. The only risk is that he’s still somehow injured and he doesn’t pitch. What is lost in that scenario is a bit of money for one year. Seeing how the Sox are willing to spend whatever to win, you’d think they’d take that offer. Hindsight is 20/20, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gagne become a dominant closer again, and tout this as another one of “Boy Wonder’s” drop-the-ball moments.

    Andrew December 20, 2006, 4:30 pm
  • i feel it’s a smart move that they DID pass on him. I think the only reason the rangers spent that was because they already have a closer (Otsuka). So it’s really low risk. If it works out they get Gagne as the closer and a very good setup man. If not they still have the same good closer they had last year. Only if the sox were going to spend on two closer/setup guys would it be a good idea. or if they have someone in house as the setup guy. is that still timlin? or hansen?

    m.g. yanks fan December 20, 2006, 4:46 pm
  • I put a dash through my 7s *and* often put the u in colour, honour, etc. But then again, my dad’s a Brit.
    Anyway, I figure that if the annointed closer struggles early, it will be a awfully tempting to put Papelbon back in that role (assuming they don’t break down and open the season with him in that role).

    Rob (Middletown, CT) December 20, 2006, 5:06 pm

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