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Wagner changes mind, agrees to join Red Sox

Aug 25, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post reports that Billy Wagner changed his mind “after heavy lobbying by the Mets” and has agreed to accept a trade to the Red Sox.
As part of the deal the Mets will receive two players to be named later and the Red Sox have agreed to decline the $8 million option on Wagner for 2010 while retaining their right to offer him arbitration. By offering him arbitration Boston would be in line for draft pick compensation should Wagner leave as a free agent.
Wagner has made just two appearances since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery and likely won’t be available to work back-to-back games, but has definitely looked capable of making an impact down the stretch and perhaps into October. Assuming that the PTBNLs aren’t significant prospects the Red Sox basically spent a few million bucks to add a potential shutdown left-hander for what will probably be at most a dozen innings. Few teams can afford that luxury, but Boston is obviously one of them.
For the Mets, parting with Wagner is a no-brainer and getting a pair of even marginal prospects in return is just a bonus. Neither side had much interest in Wagner remaining in New York next season and there was no sense in paying millions to watch him pitch for a sub-.500 team down the stretch. There was a strong argument to be made for general manager Omar Minaya simply letting the Red Sox have Wagner when they claimed him off waivers, so he absolutely deserves credit for coaxing some added value out of the situation.

  1. A C - Aug 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Yeah, who cares about a closer for next year, why not trade away ‘heat’ heck, it worked for the Mets when they got ride of Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver! It’s just smart baseball, DO NOT try to sign him, get rid of talent this year when he’s on the disabled list so he can mow down batters next year for another team… simply brilliant!

  2. HOTROD - Aug 25, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    DUDE, THEY HAVE A CLOSER FOR NEXT YEAR HIS NAME IS K-ROD
    AND WHO PAYS A LEFTY SET UP 8 MIL A YEAR, WHEN HE
    SAID HE WANTS TO CLOSE.YOUR ARGUMENT MAKES NO SENSE.
    PLEASE KEEP YOUR JOB BOXING DONUTS AT ENTERMANNS.
    BUH BYE

  3. HOTROD - Aug 25, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Dude , the Mets have a closer, his name is K-Rod,
    you want to pay a set-up man 8 mil a year,
    and he has said he wants to return to closing.
    Keep your job boxing Dunkin Donutz.U R NUTZ
    BUH BYE

  4. Arcex - Aug 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    First of all, did you really just type out the same response twice? Who does that?
    Second, didn’t you, just a few hours ago, argue the exact opposite thing when Wagner was saying he didn’t want to be traded? Or are you just looking for someone to argue with, no matter how badly you do it?
    Back to the main issue, even if they just get a few innings out of him once in a while at this point the Sox need it. Their pitching has been breaking down of late, and even if it’s just for a closer and / or setup man it can’t hurt to have him right now.

  5. Wazzup - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Dude….you must joking Billy Wagner can’t help the mets do anything but bust the budget with his 8 million dollar contract. It’s not like the Bo Sox are gonna make the playoffs with him, at least they pick up some of the tab. You know what I mean dude?
    Dude…where’s my car?

  6. Bruce F - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Just another example of what happens to a pitcher who is touted to tbe the next Cy Young/Mariano Rivera when he puts on the blue and orange. He can take his place next to Mo Vaughn. I know he was hurt but why does that seem to happen to the Mets most often

  7. Wazzup - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Dude….you must joking Billy Wagner can’t help the mets do anything but bust the budget with his 8 million dollar contract. It’s not like the Bo Sox are gonna make the playoffs with him, at least they pick up some of the tab. You know what I mean dude?
    Dude…where’s my car?
    Dude…I did post twice….cool beans. Rock on.

  8. Bruce F - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Johan Santana…I rest my case. Bone Chips huh? You can count on paying 412 million for 20 career Met wins..and they ran Seaver out of town for wanting 300,000. The Mets are the NY Knicks of MLB and Ive been a Met fan for 42 years

  9. A C - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    I’ll keep my job as an IT System Admin … not that there’s anything wrong with working at Entenmann’s or Dunkin.
    I didn’t say K-Rod (Francisco Rodriguez) doesn’t exist, I said they should not trade away heat. Also, unless Rodriguez never needs a rest and or is infallible or we’ll never have an extra inning game, why trade away heat?
    The Yankess went with Goose Gossage and Sparky Lyle in the late 70s, that worked out well. Tommy John was dominant for quite a few years after his surgery… why trade away heat?
    The 90s Yankess had Mariano Rivera and John Wetteland. Opponents had to have the lead by the 7th inning or the game was over… it was incredible having double closing power with heat.
    Not to mention, what if next year Rodriguez goes down in the first week?
    You do not trade away heat especially when Wagner was and should still be the closer and he wanted to stay in NY.
    A happy player with heat is a winning combination….. now I’m off to buy a donut! :)

  10. Gizmo - Aug 25, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Who cares about the NY MuttWetbacks?
    Omar should be shot and Wilpond is a pussy.

  11. In the NC - Aug 25, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    A C, I’d respect your opinion more if you were a donut pro. Minaya made the only move available to him and it was a win-win for all involved parties.
    Sadly I agree that the Met’s luck is of the variety where you can say that if it wasn’t for bad luck they’d have no luck at all. But that’s almost always been their story in all my years of following them.
    I vote they exhume Frank Cashen from the grave and put him back in charge, he was the only GM who successfully built a winning roster.

  12. BostonRenegade - Aug 25, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    From one IT Admin to another, wash it down with it Dew.

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