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Closing Time

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark has some comments on the closers for various teams; the Cubs aren't the only contending team with problems.

He also discusses Billy Wagner:

A scout who covers the Florida State League reports, after watching Billy Wagner throw, that there is "no doubt" Wagner could help somebody in the big leagues if the Mets can find a trade partner.

"I saw him twice, and he was impressive," the scout said. "He was throwing 92 to 94 [mph], and he was throwing strikes. The breaking-ball command was not real good. But everything else was the old Billy Wagner."

Two teams that other clubs' scouts believe have some interest are the Rays and Marlins. But Wagner's $10.5 million contract (which has more than $2.5 million remaining through the end of the season, plus a $1 million buyout of his 2010 option) likely would be too pricey for both of those teams. But other clubs believe that the Mets will have to eat a major chuck of that money if they expect to land a decent prospect in return for Wagner.

He meant "chunk", not "chuck", of course. There has been discussion here about whether Wagner would be a good pickup for the Cubs. I said no originally, but that was before reading this.

Now I say "maybe", and I'd do it ONLY if the Mets ate virtually all of that contract. Either that, or get the Mets to take Aaron Miles' 2010 deal in return for the Cubs taking Wagner.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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