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Who would want Billy Wagner?

MLB: SEP 26 Nationats v Mets

September 26, 2007: New York Mets Vs Washington Nationals at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY - Mets pitcher Billy Wagner looking dejected sitting on the bench during th egame. ***** Editorial Sales Only *****

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The Mets are apparently going to try to deal Billy Wagner. According to the article, he won’t be facing major league hitters for another ten days or so. With the postseason roster trade deadline of August 31st, that leaves less than two weeks for Wagner to show that he can get people out.

It often takes more than a year for a guy to really get his touch back following Tommy John surgery even if he’s otherwise feeling good and shows good velocity. Wagner had surgery on September 10th of last year. Even if he’s feeling great, I can’t really feature him looking so sharp between August 17th and the 31st that a playoff contender will really be interested, but I guess stranger things have happened.