Billy Wagner Not Retiring After All

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Wagner's Agent Says Pitcher Will Not Retire

Apparently agents know best, because after Billy Wagner hinted at retiring after the Red Sox were eliminated in the playoffs, his agent says he will not be retiring:

“He has every intention of playing next season,” according to his agent, Bean Stringfellow.

The former All-Star closer Wagner had told the New York Post Tuesday that he was considering retirement and not planning to talk to teams when he hits free agency this offseason.

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“He wants a ring and he did not do all that rehab just to quit now,” Stringfellow said. “His family supports him fully.”

When the Red Sox acquired Wagner from the Mets in August, Boston agreed to not exercise his option for the 2010 season. He is now a free agent, which also means the Red Sox will receive two draft picks if he signed because he is a Type A free agent.

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Billy Wagner on Retiring: 'Why Wouldn't I?'

Billy Wagner, a 15-year veteran who spent the last part of the 2009 season with the Boston Red Sox as he battled back from Tommy John surgery, may be set to retire.

According to a report in the New York Post, the hard-throwing lefty would rather hang it up than compete for a closer's job next season.

"I don't plan on talking to nobody," Wagner said, when asked where he might pitch next season.

Does that mean retirement?

"Why wouldn't I?" he said. "I've got nothing else to [accomplish]."

This of course is the exact opposite of what Wagner, who's 38, said earlier this year, when he stated his plan was to return in 2010, on a team closer to his home (Virginia), and record those final 15 saves he needs for 400 in his career.

Per a request he made before being traded to Boston, the Red Sox have agreed to not pick up his $8.8 million option for next year, meaning he's free to sign with any team, if he so chooses.

Wagner's agent, however, told MLB.com today that he hasn't heard any talk about retirement from his client.

"He has given me no such indication. He and his family will sit down and discuss," Stringfellow wrote in a text message.

Wagner was 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA in 17 games during the regular season for the Mets and Red Sox, and recorded 26 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched. 

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