"Left-handed closer Billy Wagner planned to retire after the 2010 season, and apparently still intends to do so. But Ken Rosenthal reports that the 39-year-old has yet to send in his retirement paperwork to the league.
Wagner remains on the Braves' 40-man roster, too, and if he decided to pitch for one more year, the Braves hold a $6.5 million option on him. Wagner would join a young bullpen led by Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters, and would team up with fellow southpaws Eric O'Flaherty and George Sherrill in what could turn out to be among the league's stingiest bullpens.
Wagner, however, could be bought out for just $250,000, which would allow him to shop his services to the highest bidder. Free agency could land him somewhere closer to where he grew up in Virginia, such as the Washington Nationals or Baltimore Orioles.
Most signs still point to retirement, but like our mantra here at Rumor Central states, until it's confirmed, it's just a rumor. Stay tuned."
This may just be February baseball rumorville as usual, but it is indeed interesting that Wags hasn't dropped the paperwork yet. FW is smart to keep him on the 40-man...you know, just in case....