Found December 15, 2011 on Ted's Army:

Old men love rivers

This was inevitable.  With Varitek out of the picture in Boston, and the Sox showing zero interest in retaining Wakefield, it was only a matter of time before Theo and Hoyer started mulling the idea of bringing the two to Chicago.

Via the Tribune:

Jason Varitek in a Cubs’ uniform? How about knuckleballer Tim Wakefield?

Both of those Red Sox fixtures are possibilities as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer search for ways to add depth to their roster.

A Cubs source confirmed that Epstein has expressed some interest in both the 39-year-old Varitek and the 45-year-old Wakefield, but nothing appears imminent with either player as the team explores options with more shelf life.

How interested the Cubs are in the two long-time Sox is up for debate and will be determined shortly.  I could see this as nothing more than a goodwill gesture by Epstein.  Right now I'm not hearing about any teams looking to bring either Tek or Wake aboard.  Leaking that he's thinking of signing the two could very well be a simple tactic to try to create some form of market for his two loyal players.  One final 'thank you'.

Of course, the interest could be genuine.  From a roster standpoint, the Cubs don't have a legit backup catcher.  And both their rotation and bullpen aren't exactly locked down.  Wake could easily fill in a couple holes there, depending on how the Cubs want to use him.  And while bringing in a couple of 40 year-olds isn't the typical blueprint for rebuilding a roster, when you're trying to change the culture of a perennial loser like the Cubs, adding two guys with championship pedigrees is a smart move.

Admittedly, I'd still like to see both players suit up for the Sox next season (don't read too much into that.  Trot would still be roaming right if I had my say), I'd be happy to see them end up in Chicago.  They deserve to play in another baseball-centric town. 


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