Transaction Analysis

Red Sox re-sign Tim Wakefield for 2 years, $6.5 million

Why?  Why, on the same day that the Sox made a smart move by signing Frank Castillo, did they waste $6.5 million on Wakefield?  Granted, the Wake's versatility is a valuable tool for any pitching staff, especially one like Boston's where they only have one pitcher (and you know who that is) who can go deep into games on a regular basis.  But Wakefield wasn't happy in the "inning eater" role last season, and there's no reason to believe that he'll suddenly accept that role this season.  Yeah, he can help you rest your bullpen, but those few games that he blows while doing it may be the difference between making the playoffs and spending 100 million bucks on payroll for nothing.

TripleSteal Rating: Out

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Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
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A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
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An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
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