Gagne could also be an option for the setup role if he were to sign with the Twins. According to a person with knowledge of the talks, the Twins have discussed contract terms with Gagne's agent, Scott Boras. The exact figures of those discussions are unknown.The 2003 National League Cy Young Award winner and Major League record holder for most consecutive saves converted, Gagne is coming off his worst season in the Major Leagues in which he went 4-3 with a 5.44 ERA and 10 saves for the Brewers in 2008. After signing a one-year, $10 million contract to be the Brewers' closer last winter, Gagne was moved out of the closer job by mid-May and saw his first half slowed by injuries as he went on the disabled list for over a month with rotator cuff tendinitis. But the 33-year-old right-hander improved in the second half of the season, posting a 3.52 ERA after the All-Star break. The Twins have expressed interest in other relievers this winter, including Mike Lincoln before he re-signed with the Reds, Takashi Saito before he signed with the Red Sox, and Guillermo Mota before he signed with the Dodgers. Minnesota signed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to a Minor League contract to battle for a long relief role in the bullpen, but so far the Twins have been unable to sign any late-inning options.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.