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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 08:41 pm
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Sacre bleu.

Eric Gagne, the former Cy Young award winner trying to make his way back to big leagues nearly nine years after throwing his last pitch in an MLB game, piqued the interest of multiple teams with Saturday's performance at the World Baseball Classic, according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.

Sitting 92-94 with his fastball while mixing in an impressive changeup and decent curveball, the Quebec native threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Colombia at Marlins Park, notching a pair of strikeouts while allowing one hit and one walk in Canada's eventual 4-1 loss.

"To be on the mound pitching against MLB guys with all the adrenaline running ... that's really hard to re-create but it was great," Gagne said.

Unable to let pitching go, he said, even after shoulder and back injuries seemingly ended his career at 32, Gagne was encouraged about his comeback prospects following a scoreless outing with the Trois Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League last summer, and the three-time All-Star, now 41, said he's willing to pitch in the minors to make it back to the bigs.

"Of course, of course," Gagne told Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. "I know the game, I know how it happens, I know they need spots on the 40-man roster and don't want to release a young guy for a 41 year old, so of course I'd be willing to do anything. I pitched in the Can-Am League, so I'm willing to do anything. I'm not doing it for the money, I'm doing it for the love of the game."

Gagne, who said he worked out for five big-league teams before the WBC, was arguably the game's most dominant closer in the early aughts, fashioning a 1.79 ERA with a 0.82 WHIP and 38.6 percent strikeout rate while averaging 51 saves per season from 2002 through 2004 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.