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Eric Gagne signs with Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks

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The former Cy Young winner will hope to be noticed by major-league teams in an unaffiliated stint.

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Former Cy Young award winner Eric Gagne has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Friday.

Gagne, 41, is attempting a comeback in affiliated ball after appearing with team Canada in March’s World Baseball Classic. He has not appeared in the majors since 2008, when he was with the Brewers.

“He’s signing [with Long Island] with an eye on getting back with an affiliated club,” agent Scott Leventhal said. “Multiple clubs will be watching him closely.”

Gagne has been publicly linked to the Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays since announcing his comeback attempt, and has been working out at the Dodgers’ facility at Camelback Ranch. He has expressed a willingness to pitch in unaffiliated ball to gain game experience in hopes of signing with a major-league club at some point later in the season.

For much more on Gagne, please check out our extended feature on his comeback attempt from last week.