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Braves release retired Billy Wagner

Updated: March 30, 2011, 2:23 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have released retired closer Billy Wagner in an unusual agreement that allows the team to protect his rights if he returns in 2011.

Wagner had a $6.5 million option for the 2011 season when he retired last season.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Wednesday that Wagner, fifth all-time with 422 saves, has not wavered on his retirement. If that changes, Wagner's rights belong to the Braves for the 2011 season and postseason.

Wren says the players' ...

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