Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Report: Red Sox finalize deal to acquire Billy Wagner from the Mets

Just minutes before the deadline, Billy Wagner has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and will be sent to the Boston Red Sox. Boston claimed Wagner off waivers from the Mets and had until 1:30pm today to complete a deal for the former closer who will be used a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.

Wagner had originally balked at the deal, asking the Red Sox to agree to decline his option for next year because Wagner wants to be a closer. Boston didn't want to give up control of Wagner but apparently has agreed to do just that in order to acquire bullpen help for their chase of the AL Wild Card.

Or, perhaps, the Red Sox have made an agreement with Wagner that they will pick up his option for next year and then trade him. Some rumors have also suggested that Papelbon could be the one dealt, with Wagner then holding a seat for Daniel Bard, Boston's closer of the future.

ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal is "all but done." WFAN reports that the Mets will receive two players to be named later in exchange for Wagner.

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