Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/28/11
When acting as the General Manager of a baseball team, it is typically in one’s best interest to leave no stone unturned when it comes to building out a roster. Even though a move might seem obvious, (signing Albert Pujols to play first base, for instance), diligence on the part of the scouts and the front office is not only a necessity, but good business.   That’s why it’s not terribly surprising to learn that the Philadelphia Phillies reached out to former closer and current retiree, Billy Wagner, before signing Jonathan Papelbon.   From Mark Hale of the New York Post:   Wagner, who retired after a sparkling 2010 with the Braves, told The Post yesterday the Phillies called him directly after the 2011 season ended.   “It was after the regular season ... just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything,” Wagner said. “I just told them, ‘No, I do not have an itch.’”   It would have been a creative, and not-so-expensive solution to th...
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