Billy Wagner blocks trade to Boston
August 25, 2009 3 Comments
Well, those of you who were hoping for a little left-handed bullpen help will be disappointed. Billy Wagner has officially blocked his trade to Boston after the two sides could not come to terms on his upcoming player option and arbitration. Basically, Wagner wanted the Sox to guarantee his opportunity to go to free agency this offseason as a closer; by asking them to decline his option AND not offer him arbitration, he was denying them any compensation for him, should he turn out to be a dud for two months. Apparently the player the Mets wanted was more than an organizational guy, or else the trade would have gone through.
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.
Curt Schilling said this morning on WEEI that he is not surprised by Wagner’s comments. The Red Sox had claimed Wagner, who has just returned from Tommy John surgery, on waivers this week in a bid to make a deal for his services the rest of this year.
The potential trade had received some additional attention when closer Jonathan Papelbon raised his own personal objections to adding the hard-throwing Wagner, also a closer, to an already strong bullpen.