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Dodgers agree to deal with Eric Gagne

February 18, 2010 |  6:34 pm
The game isn't over for Eric Gagne.

The iconic closer reached an agreement on a minor league contract that will put him back in a Dodgers uniform, according to baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not official yet.

Gagne will earn $500,000 if he makes the Dodgers' major league roster and can make an additional $500,000 in incentives.

In time, in form and in reputation, Gagne is far removed from his magical 2003 season, when he converted 55 of 55 save opportunities and won the Cy Young Award. From Aug. 26, 2002, to July 5, 2004, Gagne converted a major league record 84 consecutive saves.

But his reputation was tarnished by the Mitchell Report, according to which he received multiple shipments of human growth hormone, one sent directly to the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium.

Gagne, who last pitched for the Dodgers in 2006, posted a 5.44 earned-run average in 50 games for Milwaukee in 2008. He pitched for the Quebec Capitales of the independent Can-Am League last year, going 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 17 starts.

-- Dylan Hernandez