The Red Sox today exercised the 2008 contract options on righthanded pitchers Julian Tavarez and Tim Wakefield.
Wakefield went 17-12 record and a 4.76 ERA this past season. Wakefield was hampered by back and shoulder problems toward the end of the year and was not on the World Series roster due to inflammation behind his right shoulder. Wakefield ranks second on the Red Sox all-time list with 474 appearances and 337 starts.
Tavarez had a record of 7-11 with a 5.15 ERA in 2007, his second season in Boston.
The Sox also acquired outfielder Sean Danielson from St. Louis to complete the trade that sent righthanded pitcher Joel Pineiro from the Red Sox to the Cardinals on July 31. Danielson combined to hit .296 with four homers, 36 RBI, and 19 stolen bases in 103 games with Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield in the Cardinals organization. After beginning the year with a .355 average in 12 games at Palm Beach, the switch-hitter spent the rest of the season in the Texas League, batting .291 in 91 games. Danielson has a career .283 batting average with 61 stolen bases in 263 games in his three seasons in the St. Louis system. He led all Cardinal minor leaguers with a .407 on-base percentage and ranked second with a .342 batting average in his pro debut in 2005.
Danielson has been assigned to the Double-A Portland roster.
The Red Sox also announced that catcher Kevin Cash has elected free agency after declining an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. Cash batted .111 with four RBI in 12 games with the Red Sox in 2007.
Information from the Red Sox media relations department was used in this report.