Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that reliever Eric Gagne has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
The next step in an improbable comeback? Time will tell. Gagne hasn’t pitched in organized ball since 2008, though he’s had a couple of brief stints with various independent teams. He got his mind set on a comeback this past winter, however, and lit up the radar at 95 m.p.h. while pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. That got some teams, including his old club the Dodgers, somewhat interested.
A lot of players end their careers with the Long Island Ducks or teams like them. Gagne is going to see if he can’t squeeze out one more shot at The Show.
The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.
Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.
According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.
The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.