After days of speculation and rumors, former Mets closer Billy Wagner was traded to the Boston Red Sox for two players to be named later. Boston will eat the rest of his contract for this season.
The deal was finalized today after the Red Sox agreed to Wagner’s stipulation that they not pick up his option for 2010 so he could join the free agent market and be picked up as a closer. The other stipulation was that the Sox don’t overuse his arm since he just came off of a year of rehab for Tommy John surgery.
Wagner pitched in only two games since being activated, but he was brilliant. He finished his second stint yesterday and struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning against the Phillies. In his two innings, he allowed no hits or earned runs and struck out four.
Are you sad to see Wagner go? His return was one of the few highlights of this season. Just like that, he’s gone to another team.