Mets activate Wagner; release Hernandez

As expected, the Mets activated Billy Wagner from the 60-day disabled list this afternoon. Not so expected, that in order to make room they released Livan Hernandez.

Wagner made remarkable progress from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, but don’t expect to see much of him at Citi Field. He’ll get a few showcase appearances and then the Mets will attempt to make a waiver deal.

WAGNER: Here today, gone tomorrow?

WAGNER: Here today, gone tomorrow?

Wagner has a no-trade clause but would waive it in order to go to a contender. He says he could live for being a set-up man for the rest of this season but wants to be a closer next year. The Chicago Cubs, for one, need a closer.

I’ve always liked Wagner, especially for his outspoken nature. He’s always been a stand-up guy as knows the pulse of the clubhouse.

As for Hernandez, he started at 5-1 and then hit a wall. He was 7-8 with a 5.47 ERA, but had a 7.33 ERA in July and an 11.30 ERA in August.

There are contenders who need innings, and Hernandez pitched well enough to where some team will take a look.

3 thoughts on “Mets activate Wagner; release Hernandez

  1. So did he clear waivers? If he’s blocked will the Mets dump his 6 weeks and buy out money? He does have the pulse of the clubhouse since he has been the one poisoning every stop he’s made.

    The Cubs seem to be the only desperate fit, but since he has been hidden at A Ball, it seems the Mets don’t think he can prove his stuff. The activiation may be so a club can actually see him pitch to someone older than 18?
    Very excited about the great game Wilson Valdez had. Another piece of Omar’s future team. The Wilpons will be very happy selling beer to all the Philly fans this weekend. Rember when it was the other way around.

  2. Mets are releasing Livan Hernandez so they can start Tim Redding against Philadelphia on Saturday. Only on the Mets can giving up 3 runs in 3 innings of relief with 2 home runs can earn you a start in the bigs.