By Drew Olson Special to Published Dec 08, 2007 at 6:56 PM

MADISON -- Brewers officials may have to consider adding another sausage to the already crowded racing field.

Andouille, anyone?

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.
Drew Olson Special to

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 Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.