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According to a major league source through the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Mets may be discussing a deal that would send veteran reliever Billy Wagner to the Sox. Wagner, 38, was placed on waivers Wednesday, and may have been claimed by the Red Sox. A Florida radio station reported that the Sox claimed Wagner off waivers, and if it’s true, the team may be looking to acquire him for a minor leaguer.
The lefthander has a no-trade clause in his contract, but will veto a deal if he’s on his way to a contender. He’s due to earn $3 million this year and has an $8 million club option for 2010.
Wagner pitched for the first time in more than a year on Thursday after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Sox reportedly scouted him in his appearance with the Mets, and the one-time closer apparently hit 96 mph on the radar gun. He pitched one perfect inning with two strikeouts.