Phillies Called Billy Wagner After Season

The Phillies had an outside-the-box idea before signing Jonathan Papelbon this winter.  The team called closer Billy Wagner after the season in hopes of coaxing him out of retirement, writes Mark Hale of the New York Post.  Wagner told Hale, "It was after the regular season…just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything.  I just told them, 'No, I do not have an itch.'"

Wagner, 40, went out on top with a 37-save season with the Braves in 2010.  He closed for the Phillies from 2004-05, after which he joined the Mets on a free agent deal.  Wagner is currently coaching junior varsity baseball and has no intention of coming out of retirement.

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