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08-23-2009, 06:49 PM
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I'm not a Papelbon guy, but he does have a point. Wagner is 38, coming off TJ surgery and has pitched a grand total of 1 MLB inning this year. Nobody really knows what to expect out of Wagner. Is he healthy? Can he pitch effectively? Where would he fit? The Red Sox have the best bullpen in baseball, and with the exception of Daniel Bard, they've all had the same roles since spring training. Bard's bounced back and forth between setup man and low leverage guy (where he currently is) but everyone else has remained the same. The only change is we subtracted Justin Masterson and have added a revolving door of sacrificial lambs that get hammered, then DFA'd (Cabrera, Traber, Gonzalez, etc.). Wagner could possibly shake up the routine these guys have been in all season long, and it's a big risk to take if he's insisting on the $8 million option being picked up.

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