Boston Red Sox Wiretap
Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield told CSNNE.com that he plans on being one of the team's starters in 2010.
The knuckle-baller says he's completely recovered from offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc.
Having signed John Lackey, the Red Sox now have six starters for five spots with Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz joining Lackey and Wakefield.
"I feel great," he said. "I finished my rehab a couple of weeks ago [and I'm] right back on schedule as far as my offseason conditioning and throwing program [is concerned], and I feel like there won't be any setbacks when I go to spring training."
Curt Schilling is working out, but the pitcher says that he's not planning a comeback to the major leagues.
Schilling wrote on his Twitter page over the weekend: "Working out again ... not sure I can add anything to that other than I feel it in every fiber of my being, every step I take..."
However, the Boston Herald contacted Schilling and the 43-year-old said that he's simply "working out."
Had it not been for a medical dispute, Jason Bay may have stayed with the Red Sox and never signed with the Mets.
Bay's agent, Joe Urbon, flew to Boston for a physical and possibly a news conference during the season, but the deal hit a snag when, following the exam, the Red Sox requested a change in the structure of a possible agreement and that the outfielder undergo minor knee surgery after the season.
"I was shocked, to say the least, that I was being told to have knee surgery in order to get the contract," Bay told WEEI.com, "particularly since I wasn't hurt."
The Red Sox were among the teams that watched Ben Sheets throw in Louisiana a few days ago, but they aren't likely to pursue him.
A team source told the Boston Globe that the team isn't likely to make an offer.
According to the Globe, the Mets appear to be the likeliest destination.
The Red Sox have made a huge investment in Jose Iglesias, and seemingly have a timetable in place for him to arrive in Boston. The Red Sox signed him to a four-year, $8.25-million major-league deal, despite his never having played anywhere but Cuba.
Boston has had a revolving door at shortstop since the departure of Nomar Garciappara, which they hope Iglesias can eventually solve.
?He does some stuff that you just kind of sit there and go wow," said Casey Kelly. "You don?t know what to say. He?s only 20 years old. He?s going to get better and better as he goes along. There were a couple of plays he made in Arizona where everyone in the dugout looked at each other with just a stunned face, like: did he just do that??
Iglesias hit .275 with two home runs and a .323 on-base percentage in 69 Arizona Fall League at-bats
Red Sox Jan 2010 Archive