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Astros Trade Wagner to Phillies

November 3, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ All-Star closer Bill Wagner was traded Monday from the Houston Astros to the Philadelphia Phillies, The Associated Press learned.

Both teams called news conferences for later Monday.

While no names were immediately announced, a high-ranking major league team official said on the condition of anonymity that the deal involved Wagner. The other players were not immediately known.

Wagner, a three-time All-Star, figures to solidify a bullpen that struggled at times last season.

Wagner, 32, is due to make $8 million next season, the third in a $27 million, three-year contract he agreed to in January 2002. The deal contains a $9 million team option for 2005 with a $3 million buyout.

Wagner was 1-4 with a 1.78 ERA last season and 44 saves in a career-high 78 appearances.

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