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Tim Wakefield expects to start

Jan 27, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

The Red Sox have John Lackey, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Clay Buchholz, but Tim Wakefield says one of them is going to have to take a back seat to him


“I’ve been right back on track with
my normal offseason routine and I don’t feel like there’s going to be
any setbacks, so I plan on being one of the five starters.”

I’m sure someone in the crowded Boston media landscape will try to turn this into a controversy of some kind (“Wakefield: TAKE A BACK SEAT, BECKETT!”) but such a thing would be silly. For one thing, Wakefield is a knuckleballer, and knuckleballers are totally awesome, so what should really happen is that Beckett, Lackey and Lester should be turned into mop-up men and Wakefield should get something like 54 starts. There. Controversy averted.

Only slightly more likely is that one of the six starters will get hurt or be ineffective at some point this year, rendering the notion that the Sox have a surplus of starters quaint.  Remember last year when the Red Sox allegedly had seven Major League-ready starters to open the season?  Somewhere along the line that turned into Paul Byrd, Junichi Tazawa and Michael Bowden being pressed into service, so I’m assuming that Wakefield will get plenty of starts in 2010 by simply hanging around.

  1. KR - Jan 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    This happens every year. Remember when the Sox had so many extra starters they traded Bronson Arroyo? That season ended with somebody named “Kevin Jarvis” taking starts, according to baseball-reference, but I think they’re making him up.

  2. JWH - Jan 27, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Timmy,
    I love ya! That’s the attitude every professional player should take in regard to their job; and not just show up for the money.

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