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Braves finally remove retired Billy Wagner from 40-man roster

Mar 30, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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Billy Wagner announced his retirement in October and has repeatedly stated since then that he has no plans to return, but the Braves kept him on the 40-man roster just in case.

Today they finally removed him from the roster, but not before working out a deal to retain his rights should he decide to pitch at some point this season.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution they “reached an agreement with union that if Wagner decided to come of retirement he could only ‘unretire’ with the Braves in 2011.”

Once this season is over Wagner could potentially unretire and be a free agent, but general manager Frank Wren reiterated to O’Brien that the greatest left-handed reliever in baseball history “still has no immediate plans to come out of retirement.”

  1. atlsp - Mar 30, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    They were probably keeping him on the roster for more than “just in case” because if they had dropped him before he filed his retirement papers they would’ve owed him his $6.5m option for 2011 that vested last year based on GF (and he then could have openly signed with another team had he come out of retirement).

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