Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Brewers 1 of 3 teams able to trade for Gagne
The Yankees grew discouraged about their chances of landing Rangers closer Eric Gagne on Tuesday morning, an indication that the reliever could be headed to one of three other teams trying to acquire him — the Red Sox, Brewers or Mets — or nowhere at all.
The Mets and Brewers are among the 12 teams that can acquire Gagne without his permission, according to major-league sources. The Red Sox are not.
The Mets, who are unwilling to trade Carlos Gomez, also are pessimistic about their chances. Meanwhile, two of the Rangers' other potential center-field targets — the Red Sox's David Murphy and Brewers' Tony Gwynn Jr. — might not be everyday players.
For the Red Sox, time is running short.
Their chances of landing of White Sox right fielder Jermaine Dye are fading, according to sources. And, with the non-waiver deadline fast approaching, the Sox need to not only reach a trade agreement with the Rangers, but also persuade Gagne to waive his no-trade clause to Boston, perhaps by guaranteeing his remaining $3.65 million in potential bonuses for games finished.
Even if they did that, Gagne still might balk at the deal, preferring to close rather than set up for Jonathan Papelbon
Courtesy of Ken Rosenthal from Foxsports.com: