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Billy The Met's Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Mets have signed Billy Wagner, four years, $43 mil. Includes an option for a fifth year.

The hardest throwing, most effective, longest running left-handed closer most of us have ever seen is a New York Met. He will be handed ninth-inning leads in 2006 and beyond.

I've gotten worse news on November afternoons.

2 comments to Billy The Met

  • Anonymous

    i was just speaking with a mets friend at the coffee urn about how i wouldn't mind not getting wagner, then came upstairs to learn that we've got him.
    i'm not going to cry about it. but i think we are chasing a false model — the one that only works when you have someone like mariano rivera to handle the ninth. indeed, the weakest part of willie's managing game this past year was his mishandling of the bullpen. this feeds into that.
    also, four years is nuts.
    still, it's not BAD news. and it's more proof, if any were needed, that the club is serious about winning the division NOW.

  • Anonymous

    Wagner is a good signing. Weakens the Phils (a clear rival), keeps him from Atlanta. Obviously, it'd be great if we had a Huston Street clone waiting in Norfolk, but we don't. Better that we have Wagner and they have Flash Gordon than the other way around.
    Juan Padilla, Heilman, and a re-signed Roberto Hernandez would be a good buildup to Wagner in the 'pen. And I'm sure we'll add another arm or two. Hooray us.