Back Comes Wake
When Tim Wakefield last made a pitch for the Red Sox, he was making it fora first place team. Tonight, he takes the Camden Yards mound in a different world, pitching for pride.
In hindsight, Wakefield’s injury happened at an awful time. His dependability and durability would have been huge at a time when so many other areas of the team were falling apart. And his absence also nullified the value of bringing Doug Mirabelli back, something made all the more painful by what Josh Bard and Cla Meredith have done in San Diego.
So what do the Red Sox do with Wakefield going forward? He has that $4 million option that the Red Sox can pick up for as many years as they want. On the surface, $4 million seems like a bargain for Wakefield when you consider all that he does for a pitching staff. Do you bring him back as a starter or a reliever? If you bring him back as a starter, you are also tying yourself to Mirabelli as your backup catcher again, because we saw earlier this year how much it is in Wakefield’s head when someone else is catching him.
Just another interesting piece of offseason fodder. My gut is that Wakefield will be brought back for at least one more year, presuming he proves his health the rest of this season.