Will Gagne Become Trade Bait?
Rangers closer Eric Gagne has quietly tossed 7.1 scoreless innings this season. He hasn't pitched back-to-back days since returning from a hip injury, but the Rangers haven't been winning much either. At 17-27, the Rangers are battling with the Royals for the worst record in the American League.
T.R. Sullivan writes in today's mailbag that beyond Mark Teixeira, Gagne is the obvious candidate to be traded this July. Gagne is on a low-risk one year deal for $6MM, plus many tiers of incentives based on games finished and awards. According to Cot's Baseball Contracts, Gagne also has "no-trade protection." I'll have to do some digging to try to determine exactly what that means.