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Wagner Extends Deadline For Contract

Billy Wagner pushed back the Aug. 31 deadine he set for negotiating an extension with the Phillies because he believes a deal is close to being completed, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Wednesday.

"I am optimistic," Wagner told the paper of working out a deal to remain the Phillies' closer.

Wagner did not discuss specifics, but it seems he is willing to make concessions on some aspects of his request for a three-year, $27 million deal with a full no-trade clause, the paper reported. The Phillies are believed to have offer a deal that includes two guaranteed years, with a partial no-trade clause for the second year, and an option for a third year that could bring the maximum value of the contract to $24 million.

"That whole deadline thing was to make sure that they said, 'Hey. Let's talk,' instead of, 'Let's wait until the end of the year to talk to Billy Wagner,' " Wagner told the paper. "I get frustrated like everybody else. I say things off the cuff that I shouldn't. ... I'm a pretty aggressive player. I want things to happen now. But dealing with a baseball game and dealing with baseball [management] people is different.

"You want a certain level of courtship. If you want somebody, you do whatever it takes to get him."


Lidle Placed On 15-Day DL

To make room for Michael Tucker on the active roster, right-handed starter Cory Lidle was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Thursday.

Lidle came out of his last start after four innings because of a pain in his left side after swinging the bat. It turned out to be a strained left oblique. He said taking time to heal is the smart move at this point.

"It's good, because anyone who is competitive wants to get back out there the first time you feel good," Lidle said. "You end up turning up the notch a little too far and reinjuring it. This way I won't have to rush it along."

Via MLB.com

Phillies Land Michael Tucker

The San Francisco Giants traded outfielder Michael Tucker to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday for minor league right-hander Kelvin Pichardo.

Tucker, whose playing time has been limited this season after starting in right field for most of 2004, joins a Phillies team in the heart of the playoff chase.

"Right now I don't think a whole lot takes me by surprise," said Tucker, who found out about the deal within minutes of the Giants' 2-1 win over the New York Mets. "It's nice always to be playing for something.

"It's one of those things that comes up and you have no control over it. You do the best you can. They're a good team and it's one of those things you hope they can keep winning."

San Francisco (56-72) wants to evaluate its young players in the final month of the season. Manager Felipe Alou plans to consistently use Todd Linden and Jason Ellison, who will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Monday to take Tucker's roster spot.


Wagner And The Phillies Remain Far Apart

All-Star closer Billy Wagner was asked for an update on contract negotiations on Friday and offered nothing of substance.

After being repeatedly chastised by the Phillies for speaking out, Wagner?s plan is to stop being so outspoken and quietly hope a deal is finalized by the end of the season, his new deadline to give up free agency.

Although negotiations are ongoing and both sides apparently want this two-year relationship to continue, a deal isn?t close to being completed, a team source said on Friday.

The sides appear to be about $6 million-to-8 million apart on a three-year deal worth somewhere in the $24 million-to-$27 million range. Wagner also apparently still is demanding that all three seasons be guaranteed while the Phils want the final year to be a vesting option.

Also, Wagner is asking for a full no-trade clause and the Phillies apparently only will accept a limited clause.

?I know Bean and the Phillies are talking, but that?s all I know,? Wagner said. ?If we get close, I?m sure I?ll find out. Right now, I?m only worried about doing my job.?

Via PhillyBurbs.com

Phillies Reamin Interested In Extending Wagner

Closer Billy Wagner said Monday that he didn't think the Phillies were interested in signing him to a new contract.

But the Phillies contacted his agent, Bean Stringfellow, last week and made an offer. Stringfellow made a counteroffer, but that is where the talks stand for the moment.

He was believed to be seeking a three-year, $24 million contract. But because Wagner, who is 4-1 with a 1.68 ERA and 30 saves, is having such an impressive season, his price likely is higher.

Via Philadelphia Inquirer

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