Braves closer Billy Wagner suffered a strained left oblique Saturday in Game 2 of Atlanta’s NLDS matchup with the Giants. He tried throwing on Sunday morning but did not feel well, according to Jeff Flectcher of AOL Fanhouse, and is going to be replaced on the club’s postseason roster by Takashi Saito. Well, if MLB approves the move.
Saito was unavailable to the Braves down the stretch because of a shoulder injury, but he threw in an instructional league game last week and is again ready to contribute. A 40-year-old righty, he posted a fantastic 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 69/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings during the regular season.
Wagner won’t be returning for the NLCS, if the Braves advance, and may be done altogether. He informed the world in August that he will retire after 2010.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.