Tim Wakefield Fighting For His Baseball Life

From Kirk Minihane's piece about Tim Wakefield's battle for a spot on the Red Sox' Opening Day roster (via WEEI.com):

Not unreasonable to envision a scenario which sees the Sox letting Wakefield go before the start of the season, is it? Thanks for the memories, have a day for him in June and move on.

Just one minor glitch in the plan: Wakefield isn't interested in the gold watch treatment...

They usually aren't. The problem, as Minihane notes, is that 1) Wakefield's got a 5.42 ERA since the 2009 All-Star Game (and don't think management doesn't know that knuckleballers are usually a bit worse than their ERAs), and 2) the Red Sox bullpen is sort of loaded this spring. There was a time, not so many years ago, when a versatile pitcher like Wakefield brought a certain value. These days, with huge bullpens and greater roster flexibility, not so much. At this point, about all we can do is hope for a good March ...

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