The deal was believed to be held up by the Sox's refusal to not only decline the option, but to not offer him arbitration, which would make him more valuable to a team because they would not lose any draft picks to sign him.
In exchange for Wagner waiving his no-trade clause, the Red Sox agreed not to exercise his $8 million option for 2010. However, the Sox maintained the right to offer Wagner arbitration, rejecting another condition he had sought as part of the deal.
With Billy Wagner, the Red Sox will?
Win the wild card, but that's it. (109 votes)
Make it to the ALCS. (47 votes)
Make it to the World Series. (101 votes)
257 total votes