Well before the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to a $50 million deal, they reached out to former Phillies closer Billy Wagner, the retired reliever told the New York Post.
“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.’”
Wagner retired after spending the 2010 season with Atlanta. He was 8-3 with a 1.86 ERA and recorded 59 saves with the Phillies in 2004 and '05 before signing with the Mets in free agency.
Wagner said he believed a number of teams inquired about his availability with his agent during the 2011 season, but he has told his agent to decline any opportunity. The Braves still held his rights.