ARLINGTON -- Relief pitcher Eric Gagne is scheduled to be in Texas on Monday for his physical after agreeing to a one-year contract with the Rangers this week. Gagne has been limited to 16 appearances over the past two years because of elbow and back surgery, so this will not be just another routine physical. But he had 152 saves between 2002-04 and was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2003. The Rangers hope he can be either their closer or an eighth-inning setup reliever for Akinori Otsuka, who had 32 saves for them last season.
Gagne is not the only pitcher that the Rangers hope can come back from injury and be an effective pitcher for them. On Tuesday, Rangers owner Tom Hicks and general manager Jon Daniels brought in pitcher Mark Mulder and his agent, Gregg Clifton, for a visit. "It went well," Daniels said. "We had a chance to show him some of Dallas and talk more about the direction of the team and his situation. All in all, it was positive." The Rangers have made Mulder an offer, but other teams are interested and the Rangers are not expecting a resolution until next week. The Rangers also expect discussions with pitcher Barry Zito and agent Scott Boras to pick up next week. Boras has been busy representing Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka in their negotiations with the Boston Red Sox, but that will be resolved on Thursday. The New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants are among the other teams that are showing serious interest in Zito. Greer gets coaching job: Former Rangers player Rusty Greer is taking a job as the head coach of the Euless Lonestars in the Texas Collegiate Baseball League. Euless is one of nine teams in the summer league that has grown into one of the top summer collegiate baseball leagues in the nation. Greer played for the Rangers from 1994-2002 and also works as a special assistant in their front office.
Players in the community: First baseman Mark Teixeira has a busy day planned on Friday.Teixeira is among a group of players who will visit Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth on Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT. The Rangers group will also include second baseman Ian Kinsler, pitchers Ron Mahay, John Koronka and Kameron Loe, broadcasters Eric Nadel and Tom Grieve, former All-Star catcher Jim Sundberg and team mascot Ranger Captain. Teixeira will then host his first Holiday Hold 'Em Poker Tournament at the Diamond Club at Ameriquest Field in Arlington from 7-11 p.m. CT on Friday. All proceeds will go toward the Mark Teixeira Charitable Fund. On Monday, Kinsler will host a special holiday celebration to conclude the Rangers Toys for Tots toy drive benefiting families of North Texas. The celebration will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. at Vandergriff Plaza at Ameriquest Field. Admission is free, but fans are encouraged to bring toys to help families of North Texas. Earlier this week, Teixeira made a $10,000 donation to the city of Arlington to help establish a Police Athletic League for children ages 5-12. Organizational meetings: Daniels is holding organizational meetings this week with manager Ron Washington, his coaches, front-office staff and their scouts. "It's the first time our full organization has gotten together since 2000 to talk baseball and plan for the future," Daniels said. Wood not tendered: The Rangers declined to offer a contract to pitcher Mike Wood, making him a free agent. The Rangers claimed him on waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Oct. 11 and will likely try to re-sign him.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.