Wagner traded to Red Sox

news-wagnerJust a week after returning to the Mets' rotation after elbow surgery, relief pitcher and Crozet resident Billy Wagner agreed to be traded this afternoon to the Boston Red Sox, who'll pick up the remainder of his $10.5 million salary and allow him to become a free agent in 2010. The move puts the 38-year old Wagner in the thick of the American League Wild Card race, with Boston just 1.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers. Boston most likely wants the hard-throwing lefty to balance out their bullpen, which only has one left-handed relief pitcher (Hideki Okajima) on the active roster.  During Wagner's return start last Thursday, he pitched a scoreless inning against the Braves and struck out two, a performance he repeated on Monday against the Phillies.

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Papelbum has already welcomed Wagner to his new team in typical Bostonian fashion.

A deal finalized yesterday between the Mets and Red Sox gives Boston another live arm while raising questions about Billy Wagner's health and more broadly, how to handle a pitcher post-Tommy John Surgery. With respect to his chances for success this season and beyond, it seems Wagner is fortunate to be a relief pitcher