Billy Wagner is not coming to Boston. According to Ken Rosenthal, the flame-throwing lefty has invoked his no-trade clause because the Red Sox would not promise to not offer him arbitration at the end of the season. He was also reportedly concerned about how his arm would hold up during a tough two-month play-off push.
While the image of a despairing Eric Gagne is fresh on Sox fans' minds, and many feel that Wagner was Gagne II, my feeling is that Wagner would have provided positive value and helped them down the stretch. That's not a small thing when you consider how close the race is. So count this Yanks fan among the happy that Billy is staying put. I'd rather the Yanks face Texas than Boston anytime during the post-season.