Article in French
Several teams of major baseball courted Éric Gagné during last weeks, but with the wire of arrival, Rangers of Texas knew to be shown more convincing than the others. The Newspaper of Montreal learned yesterday that the raising device mascouchois concluded an agreement from one season - of a guaranteed value of 8 million - with this formation of the American League. Gained and its agent Scott Boras had established channels of communication with Dodgers of Los Angeles, Giants of San Francisco, Indians of Cleveland, Red Sox of Boston and Rangers during last ten days. And quickly, it became clearly that the shortage of raising devices number one on the market as well as the boom without precedent which crosses major baseball were going to cause a not very banal higher bid. In the beginning, Gagné sought guaranteed wages of six million together with clauses of assiduity to the play which can bring back five additional million to him, which would have in end of line equalized the 11 million that it had boxed at Dodgers last season. Last Friday, whereas Boras was of passage in Texas, Rangers managed to take the initiative in the race with obtaining more intimidating elevating baseball. Up to that point, Indians of Cleveland were clearly at the head. Highly impressed by their presentation, it was then on the point of moving its home in Ohio. Interesting bet The 31 year old raising device, which launched only 15 handles and two thirds during two last seasons because of two surgical operations to the elbow and another intervention aiming at stopping a slipped disc, finally obtained eight guaranteed million on behalf of Rangers. To this sum also clauses of assiduity are added to the play, according to information's obtained. Gained will have to subject itself to a medical examination to officialize this agreement, whose advertisement is imminent. This pact seems surrealist, but it is only the faithful reflection of the market. The owners are far from making pity in this history. The annual incomes of major baseball passed from 3,7 to 5,2 billion during three last years and all the teams have much money to spend in the hope to improve their output on the ground. In addition, all the formations which negotiated with Gagné had in hand its complete medical assessment. The slipped discs almost became of the current wounds in the world of the professional sport and the intervention with the back undergone by Gagné hardly seemed to cause of concern near the general managers. As for its operations with the right elbow, they had been caused by the displacement and the irritation of a nerve which had nothing to do with its mechanics of launcher. Green light of the doctors It is in this context which several general managers concluded that a setting on Gagné constituted an interesting bet. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, the Inhabitant of Quebec proved one of the most dominant artillerists of the history of baseball, withdrawing 390 strikers on catches and granting only 62 goals on balls in 262 handles and a third. For a few weeks, the launcher of Mascouche has started again to launch at a distance of 45 feet. It says more not to feel the effects of the two undergone surgical operations last summer. The doctors in addition gave him the permission to start again to practise the golf, the activity which had probably been at the origin of its slipped disc. Will Rangers win to them bet? It well rather quickly will be known. Gained, seems to him convinced that yes.