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Phillies acquire LH closer Wagner from Astros

Updated: November 3, 2003, 2:15 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - With a promising young rotation, the Philadelphia Phillies have found themselves a reliable closer.

The Phillies took a major step at improving their bullpen Monday, acquiring closer Billy Wagner from the Houston Astros for righthander Brandon Duckworth and two minor leaguers.

The move to acquire one of the game's premier closers comes less than a month after the Phillies declined to exercise the contract option on closer Jose Mesa, who lost his job last season.

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