Wagner may retire short of 400 saves

Updated: October 14, 2009, 7:25 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

When the Mets were shopping Billy Wagner at the trade deadline last year, he was hoping for a match that would allow him to close full time in 2010. Now, he might not even pitch.

Billy Wagner

Wagner

"I don't plan on talking to nobody," the impending free agent said of possible teams, according to the New York Post.

When asked if that meant he would retire, according to the newspaper, Wagner said: "Why wouldn't I? I've got nothing else to [accomplish]."

When he was traded to Boston in August, Wagner asked that the Red Sox not pick up his option for next season. With Jonathan Papelbon entrenched as the Red Sox closer, Wagner wanted to be free to chase 400 saves with another team. He is 15 short of the milestone that has been reached by only four pitchers.

Wagner now appears to not care about reaching that mark even though the Red Sox have agreed to cut him loose.

"That's just dust in the wind," he said of 400 saves, according to the Post.

Wagner is sixth on the all-time saves list with 385. He has the second most among lefties behind John Franco's 424. If Wagner decides to change his mind and can find a team looking for a closer for next season, next on the list is Dennis Eckersley with 390 saves.

In 15 seasons with the Astros, Phillies, Mets and Red Sox, Wagner is 40-38 with a 2.39 ERA. He is a six-time All-Star.

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