Report: Wagner open to arbitration
|11.11.09 at 5:42 am ET|
Reliever Billy Wagner’s agent, Bean Stringfellow, told the Boston Herald that his client might be open to accepting arbitration if the Red Sox offer it. Wagner is a Type A free agent and would allow the Sox to receive two draft picks if he declined arbitration and signed with another team.
“Will Billy reject (arbitration)?” Stringfellow told the Herald. “I just visited with Billy and his family the other day and I can tell you this much: Billy thoroughly enjoyed his time in Boston. It was one of the best experiences he has ever had in baseball. So, does he rule out accepting arbitration? No, he doesn’t.”
Wagner had garnered the assurance of the Red Sox that they wouldn’t pick up his $8 million option for 2010, allowing the pitcher to pursue opportunities to become a closer with another team. Wagner had told WEEI.com during the season that accepting arbitration wasn’t thought to be a path he was ready to explore.
“I know they’re going to offer me arbitration and of course I’m probably going to turn it down,” Wagner said. “I have a million people telling me why would you turn down the option, or why would you do this or that. Well, I didn’t come in this game looking for money, I was just good enough to make some.”
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