38-year-old veteran Billy Wagner (385 career saves), knowing Boston will not pick up his services next year has a big decision to make: retire or close again for another team for a chance to join the elite 400-save club. According to the New York Post yesterday, he is considering calling it a career but will talk with his agent (Bean Stringfellow) and family first. Consequently, the BoSox will be left with only one veteran lefty reliever, Hideki Okajima. They will surely need a second one for 2010 and beyond in order to sure up the bullpen.
In a bit of good news, Tim Wakefield (11-5) will have surgery to take care of a â€śloose fragmentâ€ť in his lower back that has bothered him since July and caused weakness in his left leg. He will be ready for Spring Training next year and by then, as long as there are no complications, GM Theo Epstein will likely have picked up a $4 million option on Wake, just as heâ€™s done in the previous three years.
Note: Dead Red columns will no longer be weekly but instead be intermittent throughout the off-season. They should start up again during next monthâ€™s free agency period â€“ or when thereâ€™s news regarding Jason Bayâ€™s future in Boston. Til then, enjoy the rest of the postseason!