Gagne looking for a return to Dodger Blue
Scouts have watched club's all-time greatest closer throw
LOS ANGELES -- Eric Gagne wants to be a Dodger again.
General manager Ned Colletti said that his scouts have seen Gagne throw but that the club has not made an offer or decided whether it would. Gagne also reportedly has contacted the Rockies, who are managed by Jim Tracy, Gagne's skipper during his glory years with Los Angeles.
The Dodgers' bullpen is loaded -- with Jonathan Broxton, George Sherrill, Hong-Chih Kuo and Ronald Belisario, among others -- and the 40-man roster is full. Thus Gagne would have to make the club on a Minor League contract.
Gagne, 34, is the greatest closer in Dodgers history, a fan favorite, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2003, a three-time All-Star and holder of baseball's all-time record of 84 consecutive save conversions.
He singlehandedly disrupted the traditional tendency of fans to leave home games early to avoid traffic, as they preferred to stay and watch "Game Over" Gagne, who entered the field to the blaring sound of Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle."
But his career spiraled downward, beginning with elbow surgery in 2005, then another elbow operation and back surgery in 2006, after which he left the Dodgers as a free agent. In 2007, Gagne was linked to performance-enhancing drug use when named in the Mitchell Report.
Gagne made stops in Texas, Boston and Milwaukee after leaving Los Angeles. After pitching for the Brewers in 2008, he was released during Spring Training of 2009 with a slight tear in his rotator cuff that he rehabbed without surgery.
Last year he played for the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League as a starting pitcher/coach. In 17 starts (102 2/3 inning) he went 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA and 64 strikeouts. (Gagne originally was a starter for the Dodgers before moving to the bullpen in 2002.)
A native Canadian, Gagne lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., and visited the Dodgers' training complex at Camelback Ranch-Glendale last spring after being released by the Brewers.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.