Tim Wakefield - #49 (Starting/Relief Pitcher)
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Age: 44, Size: 6'2" 210 lbs
Acquired: Signed as a FA from the Pirates in April 1995
Contract: $1,500,000 (FA-2012)
Comments: Wakefield originally was signed by the Pirates as an infielder, but he learned the knuckler in the minors and realized that pitching was his ticket to the show. Behind the fluttery madness, Wake has pitched 16 seasons with the Sox as a starter, middle-inning guy and even closer at times. His first Red Sox season in 1995 saw him go 16-8 with a 2.95 ERA and a 3rd place finish for the Cy Young. With the exception of 1995, 2001 and 2002 his ERA has been 4.00 or greater, but he always seemed to log valuable innings and if the knuckler was working for him - he could stymie any offense. In 1999 Wake was called on to close and managed 15 saves. Normally Wake throws the knuckler about 96-97% of the time, but in 2010 that number went down to 83.5% as he mixed in his fastball quite a bit more. The knuckler "runs" in at about 65 mph while his fastball sits at around 73 mph.
Unique Stats/Facts: If Jamie Moyer retires, Wake will be the oldest active ML player at 44. He holds the Red Sox record for most innings pitched with 2,851.
Analysis: In what could/should be Wakefield's last year with the Sox, he looks to be the spot-starter/mop-up guy on the staff. Seeing as he can go with little rest between starts, he can soak up unecessary innings in blowouts and step in on the back end of double-headers to give starter's an extra day of rest.
Projection: ERA - 4.07/FIP - 4.67, 31 Games, 14 Starts 115 IP
Tomorrow: Dan Wheeler