Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Billy Wagner To The Red Sox

This just in from the Boston Globe...

"Whether it was a chance to pitch in a pennant race, a factor based on finances and his future, or simply the assurance that the Red Sox won't overuse his repaired left arm, this much is certain: Billy Wagner had a change of heart, and he's coming to Boston after all. The lefthanded, long-time closer, who was claimed by Boston on waivers from the New York Mets on Friday, waived his no-trade clause this afternoon after the Red Sox and Mets worked out a trade before the 1:30 p.m. deadline. The Red Sox will pay the remainder of Wagner's salary this season. The Red Sox will send two players to be named later to New York in exchange for the 38-year-old Wagner."

"We're realistic," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "He's less than a year removed from Tommy John surgery. We're not claiming we won a playoff spot today. We made a move to add a really quality pitcher to our bullpen, and we already have a good bullpen. We're real happy about that."

I'm happy, too. More first thing in the morning. GO SOX. NOW.


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