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Who would want Billy Wagner?

Aug 7, 2009, 9:05 AM EDT

Wagner.jpgThe Mets are apparently going to try to deal Billy Wagner. According to the article, he won’t be facing major league hitters for another ten days or so.  With the postseason roster trade deadline of August 31st, that leaves less than two weeks for Wagner to show that he can get people out.    

It often takes more than a year for a guy to really get his touch back following Tommy John surgery even if he’s otherwise feeling good and shows good velocity.  Wagner had surgery on September 10th of last year.  Even if he’s feeling great, I can’t really feature him looking so sharp between August 17th and the 31st that a playoff contender will really be interested, but I guess stranger things have happened.  

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 7, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    What I could see happening for the Yanks:
    1) Mitre punted
    2) Gaudin isn’t any better
    3) Joba hits his IP limit
    4) Hughes and Joba swap
    5) Wagner added to compliment Joba as the late inning “Bridge To Mo”
    I can’t see the Yanks really wanting to mess with Joba or Hughes that dramatically, but if they really are going to cap Joba’s IP, then I can’t see how else they do it.

  2. James Hearst - Aug 7, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised is some dumb GM like the Giants Brian Sabean, picked up Wagner for the final stretch of the season; only to miss the playoffs by 5+ games.

  3. dawg - Aug 7, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Anybody think Wagner was made redundant by K-Rod? Duh! He didn’t even get to wear out his welcome like he did in Philly.

  4. Enoch Scheaffer - Jan 9, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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