Gagne granted his release by Dodgers

Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne has been granted his

release by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodgers spokesman Joe Jareck said Gagne asked for his release

Sunday, six days after he was reassigned to their minor league

camp. Gagne had an out clause and could have become a free agent

but initially accepted the assignment.

Gagne was attempting to make a comeback with the team for whom

he successfully converted 84 straight save chances and won the 2003

Cy Young.

The right-hander spent last year in the minors, pitching in the

independent Can-Am League. He played for Milwaukee in 2008.

Gagne, 34, had a 20.25 ERA in three outings during spring

training, allowing six runs and eight hits in 2 2-3 innings.