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Billy Wagner


Wagner's save Sunday was his 312th, moving him into sole possession of 15th place on baseball's career list. Robb Nen ranks 14th with 314.


Wagner blew his fifth save of the season a walkoff two-run homer to pinch-hitter Josh Willingham in the ninth inning of the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday. It was the closer's first blown save since June 21, spanning nine opportunities in 13 appearances. He is 0-1 with a 2.63 ERA in that span.


Wagner earned his 300th save in the Mets' 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.


Wagner converted his seventh consecutive save opportunity throwing a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The left-hander has not allowed a run in 12 1-3 innings over his last 11 appearances.


Wagner, who has been out nearly two weeks with a strained sheath tendon in his left middle finger, may return to action for the Mets this Saturday. The Westchester Journal News is reporting that the Mets will be conservative with their left-handed closer, who isn't expected to work on back-to-back days anytime soon.


Wagner has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $43 million contract with the New York Mets, with an option for a fifth year. In 2005 with the Philadelphia Phillies, Wagner was 4-3 with a 1.51 ERA in 75 appearances, converting 38 of 41 save opportunities.


Wagner, who has filed for free agency, met with New York Mets executives at his Virginia home this week. The reliever said the meeting went well, but he also has had early discussions with other teams, including the Detroit Tigers. Philadelphia is trying to retain the closer, who was 4-3 with a 1.51 ERA and 38 saves in 41 opportunities for the Phillies in 2005.


Wagner's recent struggles continued in Tuesday's loss to the Florida Marlins, as he surrendered a game-tying solo home run to second baseman Damion Easley in the bottom of the ninth inning, blowing his second save of the season. The Phillies' closer has allowed at least one run in each of his last four appearances (4.1 innings) despite notching a pair of saves and striking out six over that span.


Wagner allowed two hits over 1.1 innings, but did not give up a run closing out Monday's victory over the Washington Nationals to notch the 250th save of his major league career. In eight appearances this season, the Phillies' lefthander has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings, striking out eight, walking just one and recording four saves.

Last season, Wagner missed a month with a strained groin and sat out another six weeks with a strained left rotator cuff, but bounced back from both injuries and posted a 0.36 ERA in his last 24 appearances of the campaign.