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Tim Wakefield has “strong desire” to return to the Red Sox

Dec 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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Bobby Valentine wasn’t the only noteworthy guest for David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. Tim Wakefield was also in attendance for the event and told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that he has a “strong desire to pitch one more year for the Red Sox.”

Wakefield, who turned 45 in August, has been with Boston since 1995. He went 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA and 93/47 K/BB ratio over 154 2/3 innings this season. Though it took him nine tries, he finally got his 200th career win while the Red Sox were in the middle of their September collapse.

Wakefield has an ugly 5.22 ERA over the past two seasons, so it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox would give him a rotation spot, but they could bring him back as a long man out of the bullpen. While his agent Barry Meister said last month that it would be a “shame” if the veteran knuckleballer didn’t finish his career with Boston, Wakefield acknowledged yesterday that a move to the National League could be a possibility.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    The rest of the AL East wants Wakefield pitching for the Red Sox next season.

  2. JBerardi - Dec 3, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I too would like to be given a roster spot on the 2012 Red Sox. So, that’s one thing me and Tim Wakefield have in common. Another would be our fastball velocity.

  3. bigharold - Dec 3, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    I have a “strong desire” to be independently wealthy. The difference is, .. I can always play Power Ball.

    Hey, .. you never know.

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:59 PM

      Someone who lives like 10 minutes from me just won Power Ball a week ago or so. Dude already owns a golf course around here too. Money always finds its way to money.

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    …but do the Red Sox have a strong desire to have him back?

  5. aceshigh11 - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    I have a strong desire to bend Jessica Biel over a pile of hundred-dollar bills. Let’s see who gets lucky first.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    He must like the fried chicken up there

  7. shaggylocks - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Hmmm. Did the Boston Herald also report that the sky is blue and the grass is green?

  8. bosoxfan1950 - Dec 3, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Who wouldn’t have such a desire to pitch for the Red Sox? Hell, I’d be happy as their bat Grandad!
    Problem is there is a limit of 25 men on the roster. And that, IMHO, means the 25 best available. That means the 12 best pitchers.
    That problem is made even more daunting by the fact that Wakefield (and herein lies the rub) is no longer (and hasn’t been for years) effective. Proof of that pudding is the reality that last year Wakefield had 9 starts before he finally garnered that elusive 200th win!
    And now he claims that the Fenway Faithful DESERVE to see him seek enough more wins to pass Clements and Cy Young on the all-time Red Sox wins list.
    The fans deserve to see the best team we can muster on the field and up at bat. Such a description does not include Wakefield. Time for Tim to wake up to reality and hang up his cleats and his glove.

  9. projectshadow316 - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    I say give the man a contract for one more year. He’s done so much for this team, and he deserves to have his loyalty rewarded. I’d love to see him pass Clemens and Young for all time victories.

    • mornelithe - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Agreed, he may no longer be the lights out pitcher he once was, but he’s certainly done a significant amount for the Red Sox organization, even being put into the inopportune position of being a starter multiple times, when the starting rotation was beyond depleted over the past couple years. As long as the Sox aren’t using him as a starter, I’m ok with it. That depends on them filling the rotation gaps first though.

  10. 27xwschamps - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    Take ur social security and mlb retirement pension and go away like a fart in the wind

  11. bozosforall - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    The dude is a JOKE. All he wants is to get his lame record…he doesn’t give a crap about the fans.

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