I'm not sure quite what to make of Billy Wagner's reported decision to invoke his no-trade clause after being picked up on waivers by the Boston Red Sox.
At 38-years old, he expressed his desire to pitch for a winner, like the Red Sox.
He's never been to a World Series, the Sox have won two in the last 5 years and were a game away from going again last year.
He has all sorts of other issues with the move--he doesn't want to be offered arbitration, he doesn't want to be overused, he wants to close next year, and on and on.
So here's the deal:
- The Mets will not make the post-season this year
- The Mets will use him
- The Mets will offer him arbitration
- He will not close for the Mets next year
I know Billy has a lot of pride and enjoys nothing more than sticking his middle finger up to the man, but this type of self-destructive behavior is a bit over the top.
Look, I'm very happy to have a healthy Billy Wagner on the Mets next year for $8M--or at worst, he tests the FA waters and gives us a draft pick.
Anyway, for a guy that professed his desire to "pay back" the Wilpons for the big contract he got, he sure has a funny way of saying thanks.