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This Day in Braves History: Atlanta signs Billy Wagner

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Wagner would nail down 37 saves for the Braves in 2010 before retiring.

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This Day in Braves History: December 1

1912 - Boston Braves owner James Gaffney purchases the Allston Golf Club on Commonwealth Avenue with a plan to construct a ball park there. Ground breaking will be held on March 20, 1915.

1998 - The Braves sign outfielder Otis Nixon to a one-year deal. Nixon would appear in 84 games in 1999 hitting .205/.309/.232 with 26 stolen bases in his final season in the majors.

2009 - Atlanta agrees to a one-year, $7 million contract with Billy Wagner. Wagner missed most of the previous season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He posted a 1.98 ERA in 13 games with the Mets and Red Sox after returning. Wagner was even better for the Braves posting a 1.43 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings. He would add 37 saves to his total and would finish his career with 422 before retiring at the end of the season.

2016 - The Braves acquire left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals in exchange for John Gant, Luke Dykstra and Chris Ellis. Garcia would go 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts for the Braves in 2020. He would be flipped to the Twins in July along with Anthony Recker for Huascar Ynoa. Minnesota would deal him six days later to the Yankees.