Fantasy Baseball Impact: Billy Wagner To Atlanta

Posted: 4th December 2009 by Eric Stashin in MLB
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The BravesÆ signing of Billy Wagner appears to signal a change at the back end of the Atlanta bullpen.á While it is still possible that Rafael Soriano or Mike Gonzalez is brought back to the mix (though even more unlikely with the addition of Takashi Saito), does anyone believe they would have guaranteed Wagner $7 million if he was not going to be the closer? Wagner, who returned from Tommy John surgery in 2009, was impressive as a setup man for the Mets and Red Sox (1.72 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 26 K in 15.2 IP) and instantly becomes a solid option in all formats.á He has always been a great source of strikeouts out of the bullpen with a career K/9 of 10.89, so he is likely to continue to be an asset there.á There are obvious concerns, but his ability to excel after returning last season shoul ...

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