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Wagner nixes trade to Boston

Aug 25, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

I hope Papelbon is happy. Rosenthal:

Billy Wagner is staying with the Mets. He will invoke his no-trade clause rather than accept a deal to the Red Sox, according to a major-league source.

The Sox said that they wouldn’t exercise his option, but would make no guarantees regarding offering him arbitration, which would make him a somewhat less desirable free agent. This part is understandable on some level, it kind of sits with me wrong:

Wagner, coming off Tommy John surgery, also was concerned about his health, a second source said.  “It’s not about the option or arbitration. It’s about his desire to end the year healthy for the future,” the source said.  “He
feels he has a better chance lasting a month in a less competitive
environment than perhaps two months in a pennant race and playoffs.”

Given how recent his surgery was this is understandable on some level. But there aren’t any guarantees in life, especially for a 38 year-old pitcher. You think he’d want another shot at the postseason.

And really, is staying with the Mets the best thing for someone who cares about his health?  The way they’re going, I got even odds on them losing someone to the DL for dengue fever before the year is out.

  1. HOTROD - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    WELL I THINK BILLY IS RIGHT, HE SHOULD DO WHAT IS IN HIS BEST
    INTEREST, JUST LIKE ANY BASEBALL CLUB WOULD DO. HE IS LQQKING
    TO PITCH AGAIN AS A CLOSER SO WHY SHOULD HE LET THE RED SOX
    HAVE CONTROL, HE OWES THEM NOTHING, THEY CUT TIES WITH THEIR
    PLAYERS WHO WON THEM CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TRIED TO SCREW MANNY.

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Excellent point, Hot Rod.

  3. Overuse Injuries for Pitchers - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    By avoiding the trade to Boston Wagner gets to rest his arm and avoid further injury.

  4. Lawrence A. Herman - Aug 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Mets offer him salary arbitration?

  5. mark - Aug 25, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    age, TJ surgery, Muts will probably have a need 3 or 4 times before the season ends for a closer…duh!!!

  6. adenny - Aug 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    I’m sure the fact that the desperate Sox rushed Smoltz, then immediately cut him is not lost on Wagner. It is in Wagner’s best interest to refuse the trade, rest his arm and wait for free agency.

  7. Lynnie - Aug 25, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Boston would probably expect too much of him, too.

  8. Bob Doig - Aug 25, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    This is good news that Billy is satying with the Mets. K-Rod is good, but Billy is just as good. Thing about 2010 having two of the best closes on the same team, if both stay healthy. If Wright, Beltran, Reyes, and Delgado are healthy 2010 could be sweet. The mets lacked field leadership this season with all the injuries. The subs did well.

  9. Rachmael Pinchus - Aug 25, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Tried to screw Manny? What planet have you been living?

  10. steve - Aug 25, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    hotrod- The “caps lock” key is just a fraction of an inch from the “a” key. Not too difficult to turn off. Especially since you seem to be particularly drawn tot he “a” key. Try it. It will work wonders to make your future posts easier to read.
    As far as Wagner goes, he should learn what so many have failed to. If you’re not named “Mariano Rivera,” you should just retire and call it quits at 38 years old.

  11. Tom - Aug 25, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Isn’t there a rule that when players with multi-year contracts are traded they can declare free-agency the year after the trade? I seem to remember something like that existed a while back but it doesn’t seem to apply anymore. Or is that from another sport?

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