Billy Wagner has 385 saves in his major league career, and he’s said before that 400 is a milestone he hopes to achieve.
Perhaps it’s not a major priority for him after all.
According to a report in the New York Post this morning, the 38-year-old lefthander, who was acquired by the Red Sox from the New York Mets on August 25, is considering retiring rather than pursuing a closer’s job with another club next season.
“I don’t plan on talking to nobody,” Wagner said, when asked by Post reporter Mike Puma which teams he might consider pitching for.
“Why wouldn’t I [consider retirement]?” he added. “I’ve got nothing else to [accomplish].”
Before being acquired by the Red Sox, Wagner requested that the club not pick up his $8.8 million option for next season so he could become a free agent and become a closer elsewhere. The club granted his request.
Wagner, who returned in August after an 11-month rehabilitation following Tommy John surgery, went 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 15 appearances during the regular season for the Red Sox, striking out 22 in 13.1 innings.
But he allowed two runs in 2/3ds of an inning in Game 3 of the ALDS versus the Angels Sunday as the Red Sox were eliminated from the postseason.
Bean Stringfellow, Wagner’s agent, told MLB.com today via text message that Wagner has not informed him of his plans.
“He has given me no such indication. He and his family will sit down and discuss,” Stringfellow wrote.
Wagner is second all-time in saves among lefthanded pitchers, trailing only John Franco (424).