Red Sox Claim Billy Wagner Off Of Waivers
With Red Sox fans in need of some good news after a 20-11 beating handed to the local nine by rival New York, Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Red Sox were the team that claimed Billy Wagner off of waivers from the New York Mets and have four days to work out a trade for him.
Wagner, 38, would join Hideki Okajimi as the only left-handed reliever in the Sox bullpen. The left-hander had elbow ligament replacement surgery last September and was expected to miss the entire 2009 campaign but due to a speedy recovery, made his 2009 debut on Thursday, striking out two Atlanta hitters in route to a perfect inning of relief.
A deal would most likely involve the Sox sending a second-tier prospect to the Mets and the Mets eating some of the $3.5 million still owed to Wagner.