Wagner not thrilled with Papelbon either

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At least he’s not thrilled with setting up for him for any longer than he has to. That’s based on this report that the Wagner-to-the-Sox deal is being held up by Wagner, who won’t waive his no-trade clause unless the Sox agree not to pick up his 2010 option because he doesn’t want to forego potential closing jobs this winter:

According to the report, the agent said the two sticking points
involved Wagner’s requests that the Red Sox not pick up his 2010 option
or offer him arbitration so that he can find another team where he
wouldn’t be a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.

The option is for $8 million, which is pretty rich for a guy in Wagner’s position, so I’m having trouble seeing the Sox actually picking that up. I wonder if he’s simply not trying to renegotiate the terms of the 2010 buyout, which is now $1 million.

Cardinals shut down Carlos Martínez for two weeks due to shoulder issue

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MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.

Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”

Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.

Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.