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.
He told the Post that he has no interest in pitching again. He is the JV baseball coach at the Miller School of Albemarle in Charlottesville, Va.
“No, I’m done. I’ve got a major role on a JV baseball team,” Wagner said.
For his career, Wagner went 47-40 with a 2.31 ERA and 422 saves with the Astros, Phillies, Mets, Red Sox and Braves.