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When The Red Sox traded for closer Eric Gagne before the trade deadline, Boston thought it would be getting an elite reliever to set things up for Jonathan Papelbon. Instead all the Red Sox have gotten in return is nothing.
Gagne gave up a game tying home run to Baltimore’s Miguel Tejada on Sunday, raising his season ERA between Texas and Boston to 3.62 on the season.
Since joining Boston, Gagne has pitched 4 innings and given up 7 earned runs. In any league, Gagne was a great risk/reward pick due to the fact that prior to the 2007 season, he had not played a full year since 2004 with the Dodgers when he had 45 saves and a 2.19 ERA. Taking him was a chance, but it appeared as if he was making his owners feel good by posting a 2.16 ERA and 16 Saves with the Rangers. When news broke that he was traded to Boston, owners in any league knew his value was about to nosedive because he would no longer be a closer. However there was always that chance that Gagne could still be own-able in deeper league because of his potential to be a top notch middle reliever and still give you valuable innings and strikeouts for your fantasy team.
So far this is not the case. If you were not convinced that Eric Gagne is a bad fantasy reliever before this weekend’s series, then today’s game should have had you rushing to your computer and dropping him into your free agent pool and letting him be somebody else’s headache.