Billy Wagner is planning to retire, based on comments the pitcher made to Mike Puma of the New York Post yesterday. It was previously thought that Wagner would seek a closing job this winter and attempt to get the 15 additional saves he needs to reach 400 for his career.
Puma admits that Wagner might just need a "cooling period" now that the Red Sox have been eliminated from the playoffs. Wagner's agent Bean Stringfellow, talking to the Boston Herald, said he believes his client will play next year. If Wagner does try to pitch in 2010, his situation will become more complicated if the Red Sox offer him arbitration (he projects as a Type A free agent).