Phillies tried to lure Wagner out of retirement
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:39 am
By Matt Snyder
The Phillies really wanted an "established" closer. They wanted one so badly that they called Billy Wagner after the 2011 regular season ended.
“It was after the regular season ... just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything,” Wagner said (New York Post). “I just told them, ‘No, I do not have an itch.'"
This came well before the Phillies eventually signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million contract.
Wagner, 40, retired after a sparkling 2010 season -- one in which he made his seventh All-Star team. Wagner served as closer for the Astros, Mets, Phillies and Braves while also setting up for Papelbon in Boston for a half season. With 422 career saves, he's fifth on the all-time list behind Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith and John Franco.
Wagner told the Post he's currently very happy serving simply as a JV baseball coach.
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