Re: Wagner gone?
From this AMs Enquirer...
IN THE 'PEN: The battle for the last bullpen spot is more interesting because the player who wins the spot will have a bigger role than the 25th man.
Belisle is probably in because of his versatility - he could be a long-relief guy or a spot starter. He's 0-0 with a 3.27 ERA this spring.
The Reds love Coffey because he throws strikes. He's 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA, and he has walked only two batters all spring.
That leaves Burns and Wagner.
Both have had terrific springs. Wagner, 23, is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA. He has allowed one earned run in his last 11 innings. Opponents are hitting .150 off him.
Burns, 27, is 0-0 with a 1.98 ERA. Opponents are hitting .188 off him.
There is a sense around the club that Burns has the edge.
There also has been talk among scouts that Wagner might be available through a trade.
The rap on Wagner: He's been good each of his three springs with the Reds, but his numbers haven't carried through to the season. He was 3-2 with a 6.11 ERA last season. He spent the second half of last season on the DL with a sore shoulder.
Belisle, Coffey, Burns and Wagner all have options.
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