Found February 14, 2012 on Ted's Army:
Red_soxroyals_3132

Wake200
I guess I did not understand the statement by Barry Meister (Wakefield's agent), when he said Tim will be making a decision on his future soon. The decision whether Wake will attempt another year in the majors or hang up his cleats after 19 seasons (17 with Bos.) was supposed to be made by this past weekend. Nothing yet. Wakefield has stated numerous times in the past that he doesn't want to pitch for anyone else and wants to be wearing a Red Sox uniform when he retires. At 45, Wakefield still feels like he has something to offer, and the Red Sox are not so sure about that.

Tim Wakefield has been a bargain throughout his entire career, never making more than $4.67 million in a season. He has been versitle, spending most of his time as a starter, and making much needed appearances as a long-reliever and closer. Even though he has done a lot for the Sox 2011 was a very un-friendly contract season.

The highlight of 2011 for Tim Wakefield was of course his 200th victory that came on September 13th after one of the longest journeys between wins in league history. It took 8 starts to reach that milestone and it was ugly as the Sox lost 6 of those 8 games. That 200th victory may have been his last in his career. He went on to lose his final two starts to finish the season at 7-8. It wasn't all bad, just mostly bad, but there could be something left in the tank.

The only role Tim Wakefield would fit in would be long-relief. The Red Sox could probably get him cheaper than the $2 million they paid him last season. That might not be appealing enough. In his 10 appearances out of the bullpen, the Red Sox went 1-9 with no credit to Wakefield in that one victory. None of those loses were his fault, he was just an arm to get them through a blow out that was not in their favor. That also doesn't help Wake's desire for 7 more victories to surpass the Red Sox all-time leader in wins, Roger Clemens  with 192.

Aside from being a somewhat cheap addition to the bullpen, Wakefield does not have a good case. His 32-34 record and 4.76 ERA since 2008 is not all that bad, but take 2008 and 2009 out of the mix, and it's not lookin' so good. Over the last two seasons,  Wake has posted an 11-18 record with a 5.22 ERA and 1.354 WHIP. Once again, his appearances out of the pen were out of necessity during a blow-out (in either direction). That is not what Wake wants to do, and that may not matter because the Sox have shown no interest in bringing him back for any role.

When you take into account his age, recent struggles for quality starts, and no desperate need on the Red Sox side for a pitcher like Wakefield, retirement may be the best option. I would hate to look into that dugout or bullpen and not see number 49 walking around, but it will happen eventually. Maybe the recent minor-league contract given to 49-year-old, Jaime Moyer by the Rockies at has given Wake some inspiration for a return. Even if the Red Sox do give him a chance, those 7 wins to surpass Clemens may never happen.

Let us know what you think he should do by voting on our poll in the right column of the page.

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Your Morning Dump...where the Boston media continues to hammer Josh Beckett

Every morning we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump... Valentine has one thing going for him as he gathers his players together in their palatial new digs in Fort Henry, Fla. (hey, you’ve got to make some concessions to these teams or they just go elsewhere)...

Ortiz, Red Sox avoid hearing, agree at $14,575,000

David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $14,575,000. The deal was midway between the $16.5 million the designated hitter asked for last month and the $12.65 million submitted by the Red Sox, which matched his 2011 earnings. A hearing had been scheduled for Monday afternoon. Ortiz hit .309 with 29 homers and 96...

Adrian Gonzalez Excited for Fresh Start, Says Red Sox 'Owe It to the Fans' to Provide Better Ending

Adrian Gonzalez and the Red Sox are just a little more than a week away from attempting to exorcise the demons brought about at the end of the 2011 season. That's an opportunity that Gonzalez is certainly looking forward to, especially given the way September went last season, with the Sox going 7-20, including a crushing defeat on the season's final night. "We owe it...

Former NESN Reporter Heidi Watney Returns to Boston for Jimmy Fund Charity Date Auction (Video)

Heidi Watney spent four years traveling with the Boston Red Sox as a NESN reporter, and she hasn't completely cut ties with the team or the city. Watney returned to Boston for the Jimmy Fund Charity Auction, in which dates with 20 bachelors and bachelorettes were auctioned off to benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To avoid any awkward first-date mistakes...

Red Sox, David Ortiz Come to Best Resolution in Arbitration Case

David Ortiz has developed a reputation for coming through in the clutch. So it’s only fitting the designated hitter and the Red Sox reached a salary agreement in the final moments before Monday’s arbitration hearing, preserving the team’s decade-long streak without a court appearance. The team confirmed the deal Monday. Both parties reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth...

Video: Curt Schilling on Conan on TBS

On Wednesday night, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was in Los Angeles to appear on Conan. While I am sure he was there to promote his new video game "Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning", the two did talk mostly about baseball since Conan O'Brien grew up in Brookline, MA, the heart of Red Sox Nation. They even talked about the fried chicken and beergate incident...

Inbox: Does Youkilis have King-size value?

Kevin Youkilis' trade value, the state of the Red Sox rotation and information about brand new JetBlue Park in Fort Myers highlight Ian Browne's latest Red Sox Inbox.

4 Years Ago on Lady At The Bat: Manny's Departure From Boston

All this week I'm celebrating five years of posting to Lady At The Bat by re-posting some of the more than 750 posts about the Yankees, Major League Baseball and, at times, my life as a Yankee fan. This walk down memory lane would not be complete without a little bit of Yankees vs Red Sox. The following is a post from August 1, 2008, about the end of Manny Ramirez's tenure...

Ortiz can settle back in

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Ortiz seemed happy as he left the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel yesterday without speaking to the media after he settled his salary dispute with the Red Sox before an arbitration hearing for $14.575 million.

Vote: Who Should Be Left-Handed Starting Pitcher on Red Sox All-Fenway Team?

On Feb. 13, the first installment of the fan voting for the All-Fenway Team was announced. In the first two weeks of voting, fans can vote for the left-handed and right-handed starting pitchers they think should be a part of the All-Fenway Team. The official site provides an in-depth looks at the left-handed starters that made the ballot. Fans can vote here for the players they think...

Report: David Ortiz, Red Sox Agree to $14.6 Million Settlement in Arbitration Case

David Ortiz and the Red Sox are headed to at least one more year together, according to a report. The designated hitter and the team reached a settlement prior to their arbitration hearing, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted on Monday. The agreement is for $14.575 million, which is the midway point between the team's $12.65 million offer and Ortiz's desired $16.5 million figure...

Crawford expected to miss 'a few weeks'

Manager Bobby Valentine believes left fielder Carl Crawford will miss “a few weeks’’ of the regular season as he recovers from surgery on his left wrist.

Valentine: Crawford could miss start of 2012

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Wednesday he wouldn't be surprised if left fielder Carl Crawford missed the first few weeks of the regular season as he continues to recover from wrist surgery.

Red Sox, Papi meet halfway to avoid arbitration

The Red Sox avoided arbitration with David Ortiz just hours before a scheduled hearing in Florida, agreeing to terms with the star slugger on a one-year deal for $14.575 million, multiple sources have confirmed.
Red Sox News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.