Billy Wagner's agent says his client would waive his no-trade clause to go to the Red Sox. Two key members of the team's current bullpen don't sound too excited about the possible addition, however.
Wagner, who was placed on waivers Thursday by the New York Mets, has pitched one scoreless inning this season after returning from Tommy John surgery, performed last September. The Red Sox claimed Wagner off waivers, an MLB source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Friday.
"What has he done? Has he pitched this year?" Jonathan Papelbon told WEEI.com. "Is he ready to pitch or is he not? ... I think our bullpen is good where we're at right now. Don't get me wrong. But I guess you could always make it better. It's kind of like the [Eric] Gagne thing, I guess."
The Mets have until early Tuesday afternoon to work out a deal with the Mets. The Red Sox would have to assume about $3.5 million still owed to Wagner. If no deal is consummated, the Mets can either allow Wagner to leave on the claim or pull him back off waivers. If the Mets pull Wagner back, they would no longer be able to trade him this season.
Wagner's agent, Bean Stringfellow, told the Boston Herald that his client would agree to a trade to the Red Sox. However, Wagner has since asked the Red Sox for two guarantees, according to FOXsports.com -- that they not pick up an $8 million club option for 2010, and that they not offer him salary arbitration. Stringfellow said the Red Sox have denied the requests, according to FOXsports.com.
"Certainly, the Red Sox would give him a chance to win a World Series, and this year that's first and foremost," Stringfellow told the Herald earlier. "From where we sit, that's all that matters right now. Over the next six weeks he'd have a chance to win, and then we could think about next year."
Red Sox setup man Manny Delcarmen echoed Papelbon's sentiments.
"We loved Gagne coming over here, just the stuff that he had, but it was an awkward situation this late in the season," Delcarmen told WEEI.com. "I think our bullpen is fine right now. It is what it is. If [Wagner] comes and helps us win, that's what we want. But sometimes, shaking things up this late might work out different. We'll see what happens."