Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors. Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors.
I would assume that Gagne’s career is over. The Rockies had offered him deal similar to that which the Dodgers offered, but I’m fairly certain the demote-then-release dynamic would have played out the same way there too. He’s on record this spring saying that the independent leagues were no fun — and he wasn’t that good in the Can-Am league to begin with, going 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings as a
starter — so I doubt he’s heading back there. Dude just can’t pitch anymore.