Wagner Traded To Red Sox For Two Prospects

An article by posted on August 25, 2009

According to a Tweet from SNY news director Brad Como, Billy Wagner has indeed been traded.

SNY has learned that the Mets have traded Billy Wagner to the Red Sox for 2 players to be named later.

The news is also being reported on the Mets flagship radio station, 660 WFAN.

I’m anxious to learn all the details and if the Mets had to kick in any cash to complete the deal.

I reported earlier that the Mets were making a last ditch effort to get Wagner to agree to the trade. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation…

ESPN is now reporting,

Wagner agreed to waive his no-trade clause in the final minutes before Tuesday’s deadline and the fireballing left-handed reliever was traded from the Mets to Boston for two players to be named later, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The Red Sox agreed to not pick up Wagner’s option for 2010, but they have retained the right to offer arbitration, which means that they still could get two draft picks for him if he departs as a free agent.

It’s a stunning about-face after it appeared Wagner wouldn’t agree to a trade to Boston due to contractual issues and his availability to pitch as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

The NY Post has learned that the Mets will receive to AA level prospects according to a tweet from Bart Hubbuch. They also added on their blog,

The deal is still awaiting approval from Major League Baseball, but the source said Wagner changed his mind after heavy lobbying by the Mets.

More to follow as new information rolls in.

Exit Sandman… Bye Wags… now go to Boston and go beat the Yankees!

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