By Joe Christensen
FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Twins had a $3 million guaranteed offer on the table for reliever Eric Gagne before they agreed to their $1.3 million deal with reliever Luis Ayala.
The decision to go with Ayala instead of Gagne looks better now, as Gagne was released by the Brewers on Sunday and could be facing season-ending shoulder surgery.
The Brewers signed Gagne to a deal that would have paid him $1.5 million, but only if he made the big league roster.
The Twins’ offer was guaranteed, pending a physical, so they could have come to the same conclusion about Gagne’s shoulder. An MRI revealed the former Cy Young Award winner has labrum and rotator cuff damage.
Meanwhile, we’re told the Twins continue to monitor former Nationals closer Chad Cordero, as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Cordero has a ways to go in his recovery, however, and as with Joe Crede, the Twins want to see more progress before making an offer.