Re: Do Varitek and Wakefield deserve better than this?
posted at 2/10/2012 4:53 PM EST
Vairtek's real value is above the neck, IMO.
Below the neck is showing some wear. As do we all at a certain age. Nonetheless, he can be a backup. Somewhere, on some team, perhaps in a far off piece of the USA, he could be a good/great bullpen coach or even a pitching coach (see "Duncan, Dave"). That is, if he wants to be - "wants to be" is the conditional phrase.
Wake could still be useful, depending on how the other assorted spare parts look in Spring Training and how his own back feels. Problem is, we won't know how they look until sometime in early March. Ask Wake how he feels. Go ahead. Like every other veteran looking for one last shot, he will tell you that he is in the best shape of his life.
Which always begs the questions, why did you wait this long to be in your best shape?
Now, with my faithful sidekick SinceYaz (seated right), let's all look in my crystal ball for a prediction:
Let's see: Ben Cherington will offer them both non-guaranteed minor league contracts and invitations to Spring Training. Both will decline and try to latch on somewhere else.
Tek will play a few games for SEA and CWS before his release in late June, prior to the trading deadline. Wakefield will try out for the Orioles and the Mets (who really could do worse, as scary as that seems), but no contract offer will be forthcoming, so he will retire.
Ben Cherington will bring them back in 2013, giving them each one day contracts a la Nomar, so they can officially retire as Red Sox. The organization will do this right - a day in their honor, plaques. free lunch, highlight reels.
After that, it gets fuzzy - fuzzier than these predictions, which are downright foggy.
But I digress.