Mets & Sox Agree On Deal For Billy Wagner
Low and behold the Red Sox finally got their man. Billy Wagner agreed to waive his no-trade clause and come to Boston after Theo Epsetin agreed to one of his demands, which is that the Sox cannot pick up his $8 million option for 2010.
However, the Sox do have the right to offer the left-hander arbitration next season.
This means if Wagner leaves Boston to become a closer for another team in 2010, the Sox would receive two draft picks as compensation for the reliever leaving. The Red Sox will send two players, which will be named later, as compensation to the Mets for the Wagner deal.
The flame-throwing lefty was hesitant about coming to Boston for three reasons. He didn’t want to have his option picked up, he didn’t want to be offered arbitration, and he didn’t want the strain of pitching every other day. It looks like the 38-year-old will get two of his wishes granted as the Sox will look to appease Wagner, who is coming off of Tommy John Surgery, by pitching once every three days. Wagner has looked sharp in his two outings this season, pitching scoreless innings in each of his outings.