Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gagne trying out for Phillies

Former All-Star closer Eric Gagne has told a French Canadian radio station that he has a tryout scheduled with the Phillies Wednesday afternoon in Arizona.

Gagne, 34, was once one of the most dominating closers in baseball history, saving 161 games while posting a 1.82 ERA for the Dodgers from 2002-2006.

In December 2007, Gagne was one of 86 players identified in the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. He was accused of having purchased human growth hormone in 2004, while with the Dodgers.

Gagne last pitched in the majors in 2008, when he had a 5.44 ERA in 50 appearances for the Brewers.

"I'm very excited to have this chance,'' Gagne told CKAC Sports yesterday. "There are many players that I know well on that team, including Jayson Werth.''

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