Nothing on Gagne

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — You can throw the brakes on the notion that the Sox are about to sign Eric Gagne, the National League’s most dominant closer over a three-year stretch (152 saves for the Dodgers) before he ran into elbow and back problems. A source with direct knowledge of negotiations between the Sox and Gagne says that there is nothing pending, and you can be sure it’s because the Sox have little inclination to guarantee the kind of guaranteed money ($5 million and up) that Gagne’s agent, Scott Boras, is seeking from other clubs.

The Sox this week also talked to agent Dan Horwits, who in addition to representing Keith Foulke, who declined arbitration, also has Octavio Dotel, the 31-year-old reliever who has injury issues of his own. Dotel had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and another bout of elbow tendinitis last season; he appeared in just 14 games for the Yankees last season.

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