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Tim Wakefield Mulling Retirement

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on September 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tim Wakefield #49 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on September 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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According to Alex Speier of WEEI, free agent knuckle ball pitcher Tim Wakeifled is considering retiring, but he would prefer to pitch in 2012 with the Boston Red Sox. Now at 45 years old, he has struggled for the previous two seasons in a Boston uniform.

Last season, Wakefield served as somewhat of a distraction when he was on his way to 200 career wins, and lost most of the games before he finally got it. Now he is six wins away from the all time Red Sox wins record, and it may be something they do not want to deal with. However, they have continued to sign pitchers like Carlos Silva and Justin Germano and John Maine, so they might think they may as well give Wakefield a chance.

Spring training is just twenty days away, and the Red Sox still have some problems to address after their epic 2012 collapse. Is Wakefield part of the problem, or solution?