– MLB – Phillies close deal for Astros’ Wagner

People will start saying that acquiring Billy Wagner will win the division for the Phillies, but people always overestimate the importance of ninth-inning relievers. Wagner is very good, and Mesa and Williams very bad, but the Phillies are still managed by Larry Bowa, they’re still paying big money to guys like David Bell, and they still don’t seem to have any direction as a franchise.