Report: Wagner to stay with Mets
|08.25.09 at 12:17 am ET|
According to FoxSports.com, Billy Wagner has invoked his no-trade clause, forcing the Mets to keep the 38-year-old reliever and not trade or release him to the Red Sox.
The report states that according to a source the Red Sox would have agreed to not exercise the pitcher’s $8 million option for 2010, but wouldn’t agree to not offer Wagner arbitration. Wagner projects to be a Type A free agent after this season, which would allow whichever team offers him arbitration to receive two draft picks if the hurler signs with another club. The activation of Wagner’s no-trade clause also prevented the Mets from letting Wagner go to the Sox without any compensation.
The teams have until 1 p.m. Tuesday to complete any transaction, but, according to the source, Wagner’s position appears firmly entrenched.
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