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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Gagne signs a two year, $19 million deal 

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with Eric Gagne, signing him to a 2 year, $19 million deal, with a mutual option for 2007.

The main reason this is worth noting for Rangers fans is that Gagne's agent is Scott Boras -- who, of course, also represents Mark Teixeira. Some Ranger fans have already started talking about needing to shop Teixeira, because Boras clients insist on going to arbitration every year, will never sign multi-year deals, and will never re-sign with their own teams. The argument is that, rather than lose him for "nothing" (even though he isn't free agent eligible until after the 2008 season), and rather than have to go to arbitration with him every season, we should get rid of him and bring in a more pliable player who will be more cooperative on contract talks.

Gagne's deal just goes to show that even Boras clients will forego arbitration. We'll see what happens once this deal is over, but to talk about trading Teixeira just because of his agent is foolishness.

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Teixeira is too valuable to see him leave over his agent. However, Boras has no qualms about burning a team to get money. So the Rangers had better walk into those talks with other options at hand, though replacing Teixeira is no easy task.
 
I was under the impression that Teixeira was not eligible for arbitration since his original contract with us was a MAJOR league contract, and not the usual minor league contract.
 
I was under the impression that Teixeira was not eligible for arbitration since his original contract with us was a MAJOR league contract, and not the usual minor league contract.
 
I was under the impression that Teixeira was not eligible for arbitration since his original contract with us was a MAJOR league contract, and not the usual minor league contract.
 
I was under the impression that Teixeira was not eligible for arbitration since his original contract with us was a MAJOR league contract, and not the usual minor league contract.

Joe Siegler
www.rangerfans.com
 
Teixeira is still arbitration eligible, even though he signed a major league deal out of the draft.

J.D. Drew, for example, was arbitration eligible while with the Cards and, before 2004, the Braves, even though he signed a major league deal.
 
Teixeira is still arbitration eligible, even though he signed a major league deal out of the draft.

J.D. Drew, for example, was arbitration eligible while with the Cards and, before 2004, the Braves, even though he signed a major league deal.
 
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