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 Post subject: Billy Wagner Doesnt Like Papelbon
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:03 pm 
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At least he's not thrilled with setting up for him for any longer than he has to. That's based on this report that the Wagner-to-the-Sox deal is being held up by Wagner, who won't waive his no-trade clause unless the Sox agree not to pick up his 2010 option because he doesn't want to forego potential closing jobs this winter:

According to the report, the agent said the two sticking points involved Wagner's requests that the Red Sox not pick up his 2010 option or offer him arbitration so that he can find another team where he wouldn't be a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.

The option is for $8 million, which is pretty rich for a guy in Wagner's position, so I'm having trouble seeing the Sox actually picking that up. I wonder if he's simply not trying to renegotiate the terms of the 2010 buyout, which is now $1 million.


http://bases.nbcsports.com/2009/08/wagn ... r.html.php

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Wagner Doesnt Like Papelbon
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:45 pm 
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Here's a lunch time update from Boston. WEEI announcers are saying the deal is dead. The web site says 'it's snagged'.

I'm not sure if Wagner doesn't like Papelbon (it could be) but I don't think Wagner wants to be a set up guy and there is no way he's a closer on the Sox now or next year. Pap is 2 years from free agency (I think) so maybe this was a hedge on that but that's probably too conspiratorial (except for the Nutting nuts :) )

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Wagner Doesnt Like Papelbon
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:49 pm 
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Steve Phillips was saying during the Red Sox-Yankees game last night that Theo Epstein was picking up Wagner in order to be able to dangle Papelbon as trade bait. Steve Phillips says a lot of moronic things whenever he is on television, but this was one of the stupider things I've heard him say in a while.


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Does Wagner like anybody?

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 Post subject: Re: Billy Wagner Doesnt Like Papelbon
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ZelieMike wrote:
Does Wagner like anybody?

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And people called Milledge a bad teammate in New York? Wagner was a cancer in that clubhouse...

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