Tim Wakefield To Decide On Future By This Weekend
Tim Wakefield will decide this weekend whether he intends to pitch in 2012 or retire, according to the Boston Herald.
“We’re discussing the options — and he has some options — and over the next few days, we’re going to try to figure it out,” his agent Barry Meister told the Herald. “These next few days is just a period of introspection, where he’s trying to decide what to do, whether to play, who to play for.”
The 45-year-old knuckleballer went 7-8 last season in 33 appearances with a 5.12 ERA. It marked the second consecutive season that Wakefield had posted a final ERA above five. He has reportedly stated that he would like to play at least one more season with Boston, however it is unknown whether there is interest within the organization to bring him back. Wakefield has been a member of the Red Sox since 1995 and is just six wins short of tying the team record in career wins. Currently, Roger Clemens and Cy Young are tied for that mark with 192 victories. In his 19-year-career he has won 200 total games in his career and posted a 4.41 ERA.