MADISON -- Brewers officials may have to consider adding another sausage to the already crowded racing field.
Or, is there a more appropriate French-Canadian sausage they should consider?
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin probably wrapped up the revamp of his bullpen Saturday when he agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran right-handed reliever Eric Gagne.
Baseball scribe Tom Haudricourt, who has been riding a hot streak lately, broke the story in his blog, reporting that the Brewers will pay Gagne close to $10 million.
A few things to remember:
- The Brewers tried to acquire Gagne in a trade last year, but he ended up going to Boston, where he pitched poorly.
- In the last few weeks, the Brewers have added Gagne, the Mets' Guillermo Mota, Pittsburgh's Salomon Torres and David Riske to their relief corps. Gagne and Mota were a formidable duo a few years ago in Los Angeles. Talk about an overhaul.
- The Gagne deal won't become official until he comes to Milwaukee for a physical.
- The Brewers will need to clear space on their 40-man roster for both Torres and Gagne. One way they could accomplish that is by not tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players like Kevin Mench and Matt Wise.
- Gagne's agent is Scott Boras. Milwaukee has shied away from Boras clients in the past, but Prince Fielder is represented by him.
Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at OnMilwaukee.com. Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.