Apparently, the Sox really don't like the options they have for the final bullpen spot right now. Per multiple reports, the team has signed Eric Gagne to a $1 million, 1-year deal.
Regarded as one of the league's top closers a few years ago, Gagne has struggled through the last few years, finding himself out of the MLB for extend periods of time. It seems like Gagne has been guaranteed the final spot in the bullpen, and will be used in mostly the 6th and 7th innings.
Let's hope he can come through this time.
Fans of the Sox will remember Gagne for his disastrous time with the team in 2007. Obtained from the Dodgers in a deadline deal, Gagne was intended to create a dominant 1-2 punch with Jonathan Papelbon for the stretch run. Once he got here, though, he was completely ineffective, with an ERA of 6.75 over 18.2 innings. Little changed in the postseason, as he allowed 3 runs in 4.1 innings.
Sox officials have not yet commented on the signing, but are likely to make the announcement sometime tomorrow.