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Billy Wagner | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (46) / 7/25/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Ferrum (VA) JC
Drafted: 1993 / Rd. 1 (12) / HOU

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According to the New York Post's Mark Hale, the Phillies reached out to Billy Wagner earlier this winter.
Wagner, who retired after the 2010 season, denied the Phils quickly. "It was after the regular season ... just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything," Wagner said. "I just told them, ‘No, I do not have an itch.’" Philly went on to sign Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million free agent contract. Mon, Nov 28, 2011 10:13:00 AM

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The Braves have officially removed Billy Wagner from the 40-man roster.

It's finally done. The team has reached a deal with the players' union so that if Wagner comes out of retirement in 2011, it can only be with the Braves. However, Braves general manager Frank Wren reiterated Wednesday that Wagner has no current plans to come out of retirement.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 01:57:00 PM

Billy Wagner reiterated Saturday his plan to retire.

Wagner has caused some wonderment and confusion because he's still yet to file the necessary retirement papers, but he has no intention of playing baseball anymore. "I’m totally content with not playing baseball," Wagner said. "I love watching it, I love talking about it. If I miss anything, it would be some of the guys I played with and actually competing on the field, but other than that, you can keep it."
Sun, Feb 13, 2011 02:30:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports that Billy Wagner is still planning on retiring despite not having filed the necessary papers.

There's really no reason why Wagner shouldn't have filed the papers by now if he's 100 percent committed to retiring, but there have been no indications that he's thinking of changing his mind. It appears his retirement is still just a formality, but until it's official, we're left to wonder.
Sat, Feb 12, 2011 12:01:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Billy Wagner still hasn't filed retirement papers with MLB.

Rosenthal reported a couple weeks back that Frank Wren was told by Wagner's agent that he did submit retirement papers, but he apparently hasn't gotten around to it quite yet. Wagner is still on the Braves' 40-man roster, which leaves the door open for a potential return, but sources tell Rosenthal that the veteran left-hander intends to retire. We're just curious what's taking so darn long.
Thu, Feb 3, 2011 03:49:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Billy Wagner has officially filed his retirement papers.

Wagner has suspiciously remained on the Braves' 40-man roster this offseason, but he's not coming back for another season. Interestingly, according to Rosenthal, the Braves did not push Wagner to file his retirement papers, which is perhaps an indication that they hoped he would change his mind. However, Wagner’s agent Bean Stringellow told Braves general manager Frank Wren about a week ago that the left-hander finally had filed his retirement papers.
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 03:32:00 PM

Braves GM Frank Wren said Billy Wagner is still on the team's 40-man roster only as a procedural matter.

Wagner still has no intention of pitching again but has simply just not filed his retirement papers yet. "The player has to retire; the team can’t retire him," Wren said. "I talked to his agent a few weeks ago. They just haven’t got around to filing the papers. And I told him, it’s just not an issue for the roster spot today. He said, we’ll get to it. They just haven’t done it yet. But it’s not a problem."
Fri, Dec 10, 2010 04:18:00 PM

Billy Wagner confirmed his retirement from baseball Monday.

The veteran closer was knocked out of the NLDS prematurely because of a left oblique injury. Wagner turned in a stellar 1.43 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 104/22 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 innings during the regular season, converting 37-of-44 save opportunities. He could be dominant for another few years, but the 39-year-old is tired and ready to focus on family life. Craig Kimbrel is expected to open the 2011 season as the Braves' primary closer.
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 08:32:00 AM

Braves placed LHP Billy Wagner on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique injury.

Major League Baseball approved Atlanta's petition to remove Wagner from their roster following his injury sustained while fielding a bunt attempt by Edgar Renteria on Friday. Wagner tried to throw on Sunday and couldn't do so without significant pain. The roster move renders Wagner inactive for the NLCS and could very well end his career, as the veteran left-hander will retire after the season. If Atlanta advanced to the World Series, Wagner would be eligible to return. Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Takashi Saito are in line for save opportunities.
Sun, Oct 10, 2010 04:34:00 PM

Billy Wagner (oblique) was removed from the Braves' playoff roster.

The Braves need Major League Baseball's approval to make the move and have already filed a formal petition. The move makes Wagner inactive for the NLCS and could very well end his career, as the veteran left-hander will retire after the season. Takashi Saito will be added to the roster in his place. Wagner tried to throw on Sunday and couldn't do so without significant pain. "It was so bad today that there was no way possible he'd be ready for the next round," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. This is obviously a huge blow to a hobbled Braves team. Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, and Saito are in line for the save opportunities.
Sun, Oct 10, 2010 01:34:00 PM

Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Braves manager Bobby Cox said that the team will not make a decision regarding the NLDS roster spot of Billy Wagner (oblique) until Sunday.

Cox is considering finishing the NLDS a man down as Wagner heals up. The only reason Cox is considering this is to avoid losing Wagner for the a potential NLCS. If he decides to replace Wagner now, he will be unable to pitch in the NLCS.
Sat, Oct 9, 2010 03:25:00 PM

Billy Wagner, who left in the 10th inning of Friday night's game due to a strained left oblique muscle, will be out for the rest of the NLDS as well as the entire NLCS.

This is a huge blow to an already crippled Braves team. Wagner will be replaced by either reliever Takashi Saito or starter Jair Jurrjens, making him ineligible for the NLCS. If the Braves are to battle their way to the World Series Wagner hopes to be back, but in the mean time Kimbrel, Venters, and Saito are in line for the save opportunities. It's very possible that Wagner's fantastic career is done.
Sat, Oct 9, 2010 08:07:00 AM

Billy Wagner left Game 2 of the NLDS against the Giants in the 10th inning with an apparent oblique injury.

One can't help but wonder if this was the last time we'll see him on the mound. Wagner appeared to grab at his left side on a bunt attempt by Edgar Renteria to lead off the inning, though he didn't leave the game until fielding a sacrifice by Andres Torres. He was replaced in the game by Kyle Farnsworth. We'll pass along on update on Wagner's status when it is made available by the team.
Sat, Oct 9, 2010 01:04:00 AM

Billy Wagner told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday that he has committed to retiring after this season.

Wagner has a $6.5 million option for 2011 and has been brilliant in the ninth inning for Atlanta this season, but he's done. "Me and my family have made plans for retirement," he said Saturday. "I don’t need it anymore. I’m tired of the expectations, tired of the criticism, tired of people who never played trying to tell me how to play." Craig Kimbrel is likely to open next season as the Braves' closer, unless a free agent is brought aboard.
Sat, Aug 21, 2010 04:23:00 PM

After blowing a save in each of his previous two outings, Billy Wagner settled down with a perfect ninth inning to earn a save against the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Wagner's owners can breath a sigh of relief. He was bound to blow a few after his dominant first half and he's in no danger of losing his job.
Wed, Jul 28, 2010 10:20:00 PM

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