The Mets have landed coveted closer Billy Wagner in a four-year deal worth $43 million. The deal could be worth as much as $50 million as it includes a fifth-year option for the Mets worth $10 million. But if the team declines the option, Wagner gets a $3 million buyout which is considered part of the original $43 million deal. Two of the Mets' NL East rivals, the Phillies and Braves, also were trying to sign Wagner. Wagner, 34, was 4-3 with 38 saves and a 1.51 ERA last season for Philadelphia, which wanted to re-sign him. Wagner has 284 career saves and will be 38 at the end of the deal ? 39 if the Mets pick up his option. After spending most of his career with Houston, his two seasons with the Phillies showed the left-hander he could handle pitching in a tough city. "I think if I had an opportunity to play in New York four or five years ago, I probably wouldn't have been as receptive to it," Wagner said last week. "After the trade of going to Philadelphia and playing there, I believe that's made it that much easier to handle the media, the pressures."
Mets Sign Wagner