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02/17/2012 - 5:55pm
Wakefield turned down offers from 4 teams

FORT MYERS -- According to Barry Mesiter, the agent for Tim Wakefield, the knuckleballer turned down four contract offers for this coming season -- including one guaranteed major league offer -- in order to either return for or retire as a Red Sox. For the knuckleballer, it was clear that he was not going to consider the possibility of going to any other teams.

"I said, 'Do you want me to play the agent game, the what-if game, and find out what they want to offer? I know that one wants to offer you a major league contract,'" said Meister. "He said, 'No. I'm going to retire as a Red Sox one way or the other."

 


02/17/2012 - 5:43pm
Wake: 'The hardest thing I've ever had to do'

Tim Wakefield announced his retirement on Friday in an emotion-filled press conference in Fort Myers where the Red Sox are set to begin spring training.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Wakefield said. "So, it's with a heavy heart that I stand here today and I'm saddened to say that I have decided to retire from this wonderful game of baseball. For the past 17 years, all I've ever wanted to do is what was best for the team and the organization. Whether it was starting, closing or whatever I was asked to do, I always had my spikes on and was ready to go."

Wakefield said that the decision was not an easy one, but he felt it was time to step away and also spend more time with his family. He added that Boston will remain his home and he'll be active with the community and various charitable organizations.

"I've been wrestling with this decision for a long time, this whole offseason," Wakefield...

02/17/2012 - 3:42pm
Salty on Tek: 'I'd love to have him around'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Friday he has no idea whether or not Jason Varitek - his mentor with the team - will be back when pitchers and catchers officially report on Sunday at the player development complex. 

"We've talked here and there," Saltalamacchia said. "He's been been busy this offseason, obviously with his wedding, being at home with kids and working out. Every time I've talked with him, he's been coming home from the gym or throwing, hitting. He's prepared to play but he's got to make a choice, too. I don't know what that is but I'd love to have him around."

There were conflcting reports in January as to whether Varitek had been offered a minor league deal by the Red Sox, as the team waits for word on whether he will report this spring. Team president Larry Lucchino later confirmed the team did offer him a minor league contract and invite to camp. The team acquired Kelly...

02/17/2012 - 12:46pm
Source: Spring training roster appears set

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the spring training roster sent out by the Red Sox Thursday -- which includes 64 total players -- is most likely a group that will not be added to prior to reporting day for pitchers and catchers (Feb. 19). The news suggests that the team will not be making any additions via the free agent market, such as pitcher Roy Oswalt, or by bringing back catcher Jason Varitek.

Varitek's agent Scott Boras told the Boston Herald Friday that the catcher has "not made any decisions yet" regarding whether or not the 39-year-old planned on playing in 2012. Tim Wakefield, another veteran who was viewed as a potential late addition to the Sox' camp, will formally announce his retirement at 5 p.m. Friday in Fort Myers.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told WEEI.com Monday that he didn't expect any major moves in the days leading up to the official start of spring training.

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02/17/2012 - 12:44pm
Red Sox rehire Steinberg as senior advisor

The Red Sox announced Friday that Dr. Charles Steinberg, who served as executive vice president/public affairs for the Red Sox from 2002 through 2007, will return to the team as senior advisor to the president/CEO.

Steinberg left the Sox in 2007 for the Dodgers, serving as executive vice president/public relations and marketing until 2010, when he became a senior advisor to commissioner Bud Selig.

“The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park marks an extraordinary time in the history of the Red Sox, and our ownership group was eager to have ‘Dr. Charles’ return to be an active and creative participant,” club president/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “We are grateful that commissioner Selig has agreed to let him return at this historic time for our franchise.”
 
Said Steinberg: “It is an honor to return for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. And to again help foster,...

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