Monday, March 7, 2011

Do the Red Sox Owe Wakefield?

I've said a lot of things about Tim Wakefield and his role on the Boston Red Sox over the years. In November 2008, I pointed out that his 2008 ERA+ was better than AJ Burnett's career mark. Before 2010, I said it was a bummer, but it was time to move on. By the time JD Drew caught that foul ball in Tampa and ended the Red Sox' 2010 season, I said Wakefield no longer had the right to complain about playing time.

Now he's Old Yeller/Mike Timlin in the last season.

With Alfredo Aceves allegedly looking like a million bucks and being a much more practical choice as the 6th starter/long reliever, the Red Sox don't have much use for Tim Wakefield other than nostalgia. He can no longer stay healthy. Most importantly, he can no longer consistently get outs.

I know that there isn't much Wakefield love among our commenters. But I was all for giving Wakefield a chance after one of his worst seasons in 2006. The Red Sox owed him in 2007, and they gave him that chance. The Red Sox owed him in 2009 after being left off of a playoff roster or two after the years, and he delivered for half of a season, earning his All-Star bid. But will the Red Sox always owe him, always giving him that roster spot because he's very rarely been a squeaky wheel?

It's time to draw the line. Unfortunately for the player, especially seeing that Adrian Gonzalez is only signed through the 2011 season, the line should be drawn here.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

DV

Wakefield has been loyal to the Sox, no question about it. But the Sox have also been loyal to him. At this point in his career if he's productive, play him. If he's not, don't. He shouldn't have the same leash that Ortiz has had the last few years. However, if he's pitching big innings this year the Sox will have serious issues--in that there will be some significant injuries with the rotation.

--the Gunn

the gm at work said...

Gunn,

Agree, and nice time stamp.

It's similar to Varitek looking for an additional thank-you contract, Jeter looking for another mansion this past offseason, and Ortiz thinking he deserves like a ten-year extension. Organization's already treated you very well in all three situations.

Anonymous said...

DV

I'm writing this to lure Pat out today...

PF

What's going on with Knicks? They go to Miami and play great. They play a good Jazz team and blow them out. And they lose not once, but twice to the Cavs in six days? And have lost ALL THREE games against Cleveland this year?

I don't know about you, but my take on them is this--a team that nobody wants to see in the first round, but also a team that could get blown out very easily by a good team in that same first round. Nothing with them would surprise me.

--the Gunn

Anonymous said...

DV

If you haven't checked out the outtakes from NESN's photo day or public service announcement day or whatever the hell it was, you should. It's over on Surviving Grady (and probably other places, too). Most of the five minutes is crap, but Kevin Youkilis is absolutely hilarious and nobody tops Terry Francona who comes in while Pedroia is working on some lines, stares and Pedroia and says, "Hi, I'm Giovanni Ribisi." Outrageous stuff, especially because with his current slicked-back/comb-over look, Pedroia looks startlingly like Ribisi. I think I would like to play for the Red Sox after watching this.

--the Gunn

Anonymous said...

Gunn,

I haven't seen the outtakes, but the best part of that whole thing you just mentioned is that Francona knows who Giovanni Ribisi is and thought to make the comment. I was impressed that he made that pop culture reference.

DV,

On the Wakefield front, you're not entitled to anything when you're in your forties and trying to play professional sports. If you can hack it great, if not, see you later. Most players would be happy for a career half as long as Wakefields.