Less than a week after trading for Carlos Delgado, the Mets have added another free-agent to their roster. Yesterday the Mets agreed to contract terms with closer Billy Wagner for a guaranteed 4 years at $43 million with a club option for a fifth that would bring the value of the contract to $50 million. The 34 year-old Wagner was 4-3 with a 1.51 ERA in 75 games, had 38 saves in 41 chances and 87 strikeouts with the Phillies last year.
Wagner agreed to the contract with the Mets just one week after visiting the area with his wife. According to reports, Wagner was impressed with the Mets and their desire to win. Friday, Wagner's agent Bean Stringfellow said, "The Mets made it very clear that they're intent on winning right now, and they told Billy that they planned to add a power hitter. It's on display almost immediately after we left. It's like, 'Boom, holy cow,' they did it."
Targets for Omar Minyana for the rest of the off-season include a catcher, relief help and possibly an upgrade at 2nd place. Now all the Mets have to do is win. No more meaningful games in September, but meaningful games in October.