There has been a lot of talk about what the future holds for Billy Wagner. Will he retire? Will he go for that illustrious 400 career saves?
Wagner himself said that he is considering it. Here’s what he told the New York Post:
I don’t plan on talking to nobody.
Why wouldn’t I? I’ve got nothing else to [accomplish].
Can you blame him? He went to the Red Sox for what? It was a waste of time. They were swept in the playoffs. Everybody knew the Sox were not going to make it to the ALCS once they had to face the Anaheim Angels.
If Wagner is not going to be a closer, why is he going to keep pitching? There is no point. He has to close in order to get the extra 15 saves he needs. Granted, any team I’m sure would give him the chance, but he would not be the main closer. He would be a set-up guy.
Now his agent is telling the Boston Herald it is not likely that Wagner will retire.
That’s not what Billy has told me or indicated to me about next year. That’s not to say that he couldn’t, but he’s given me no indication that he will retire.
Certainly I am moving towards him playing next year.
Do I think Wags will retire? No way! He’s a competitor. I think he’ll be back next year. Where will he end up? I have no idea. I do know that it sure will not be in Philly. He hates Philly as much as every Mets fan in Metsland does.
Could he come to the Mets? Not likely because the Mets need to rebuild the farm and they would have to give up draft picks for him.
He is a free agent. Part of the agreement to get him to waive his no-trade clause was for Boston to not pick-up his option. Wags is a Type A agent. So whoever takes him, will need to pay up to the Sox.
Let’s see what happens. I think Wags made the retirement comments just because he was pissed they got swept. He’ll around next year.