So The Red Sox Get Him After All: Wagner Headed To Boston
Wagner, 38, has 385 career saves and hopes to stay a closer in hopes of passing John Franco's 424 career saves record for lefthanders.
Wagner waived his No-Trade Clause to join the AL Wild Card leaders for the final six weeks of the regular season. Boston has needed a lefty out of their bullpen.
The Red Sox sent 26 year old career minor leaguer Chris Carter to New York. Carter has had some success with the Pawtucket Paw Sox this season, but still has yet to be up with a major league team for an entire season. When that happens (if that happens), Carter will likely be a utility player, just up there to fill out the roster or something. He was probably acquired to fill out a Mets' far team's roster for the MiLB playoffs or something. Carter was also sent along with a player to be named later (likely a low-to-mid-level prospect) to New York for Wagner.
This deal was very close to not happening, as Wagner wanted assurance from the Red Sox that they won't offer him salary arbitration (making him less attractive to potential free agent sutors) or pick up his 2010 option (he wants to end his career as a closer, and the Red Sox already have a pretty good guy named Papelbon in that position right now).
In the end, Boston GM Theo Epstein agreed to not pick up the 2010 option, but Wagner caved on the salary arbitration.
With the Red Sox finally acquiring Wagner, this creates a Red Sox uniform number logjam: Wagner has worn No. 13 for every team he's ever played for (Houston, Philadelphia, and New York), but Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez currently wears No. 13. He could switch to No. 11, which he's worn for most of his career (including his 2006 stop with Boston), but Red Sox backup 1st baseman Casey Kotchman wears No. 11. So, either Wagner or Gonzalez will be forced to wear another number. It probably won't be Wagner, as he's worn 13 for his entire career.
Amazingly, the three players potentially involved (Kotchman, Wagner and Gonzalez) were all acquried by Boston either on or after the trading deadline.
Anyway, do you think that Wagner will help the Sox? Leave a comment with what you think.
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