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Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long.

He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that “this probably will be my last year”:

There are still some numbers I want to achieve, but I’m not going to put that much pressure on myself knowing that this probably will be my last year. I’m not going to come out and say I’m going to retire at the end of the 2011 season. But getting closer to the end, I’d really like to enjoy it more than I did last year.

When he says “there are still some numbers I want to achieve” Wakefield is likely talking about the fact that he’s 13 wins away from tying Cy Young and Roger Clemens for the most victories in Red Sox history, but he hasn’t won 13 games in a season since 2007.

Wakefield was unhappy with a spot starter/long reliever role this year, but seems resigned to the fact that he won’t be back in the Red Sox’s rotation barring a rash of injuries, saying: “I’m looking forward to coming in and contributing in whatever manner I can.”

Asked about Moyer’s plans for a post-surgery comeback, Wakefield replied: “Good for him. I don’t why, but good for him.”

  1. yankeesfanlen - Dec 3, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    YAY! More Wakefield appearances=More Yankees wins!

  2. Joe - Dec 3, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Wake: when you go, please, TAKE ‘TEK WITH YOU!

    The Sox aren’t required to keep him on the roster. No way he gets to 192.

  3. aious - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    We will see. We hear this often and Wakefield doesn’t put that much stress on his arm while if he does good, the Red Sox will give him a good bit of money.

    I bet he plays more years

  4. frankvzappa - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    with a different name he wouldnt make the team next year

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