By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
The Red Sox recently claimed Mets reliever Billy Wagner on waivers. The two teams have until Tuesday afternoon to complete a deal. Another arm may be added to Red Sox bullpen, but two of their relievers, Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Declarmen, are hesitant about this potential trade.
“Is he ready to pitch or is he not? You know what I mean?” asked Papelbon in WEEI.com when referring to Wagner. “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 Red Sox acquired Gagne at the trade deadline in 2007. Though the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year, Gagne didn’t help much with his 6.75 ERA in 20 games.
“We loved Gagne coming over here, just the stuff that he had, but it was an awkward situation this late in the season,” said Delcarmen in 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.”
Returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, Wagner pitched his first game of the season on Thursday when the Mets lost to the Braves 3-2. In his only inning of relief, the 38-year-old left-hander retired all three batters he faced, recording two strikeouts. This was his first major league game since August 2, 2008.
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