Red Sox Notes: Bergmann, Wakefield

A couple of items from Beantown..

  • The Red Sox have voided the minor league contract of Jason Bergmann, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.  The hurler came to camp with a shoulder injury and has been unable to pitch.  Boston signed the right-hander in December after he posted a 2.84 ERA with 9.9 K/9 in 43 relief appearances for Washington's Triple-A affiliate in 2010.  The 29-year-old has a 5.04 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 across parts of six seasons with the Nats.
  • Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s age and recent results make one wonder about his role on the 2011 Red Sox, writes Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.  The club already has five starters and the 44-year-old isn't really geared to come out of the bullpen.  Wakefield is guaranteed $1.5MM this season.

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12 Comments on "Red Sox Notes: Bergmann, Wakefield"

4 years 5 months ago

Too bad, I’ve always liked Bergmann. I always thought he could catch on as a #5 pitcher, especially if the team had a good offense.

4 years 5 months ago

I hope the Sox can find a spot for Wakefield. The guy has always done everything and more for the team, and I really hope he ends his career in Boston.

4 years 5 months ago

He’ll end his career here, because he doesn’t want to play anywhere else. Just depends when that career ends. Looks to be soon. Can’t keep him around for emotional reasons as much as I like him

4 years 5 months ago

He’s the type of guy to do whats best for the team, i really would’nt be to surprised if he retired by the end of spring training if things don’t look up.

4 years 5 months ago

Now follow up with fellow useless pitchers in Duckworth and Williams who have no chance of helping, especially Duckworth.

4 years 5 months ago

3.74 154 2.22 7.6 1.262 reliever
4.45 440 1.73 5.9 1.359 starter

I would think that he would be better suited to come out of the pen.

4 years 5 months ago

there isn’t really anything surprising about those numbers. most pitchers would have similar starter/reliever splits if they did both

here’s the stat you need:

starter FIP 5.06
reliever FIP 5.11


4 years 5 months ago

so y nt put dice k in the bullpen n put wake as the number 5 starter.

4 years 5 months ago

Sometimes, you just gotta do something that doesn’t make sense.

Like abbreviate two and three letter words, for example.

4 years 5 months ago

I don’t know that he can pitch out of the pen all season, but makes a little sense considering many of his starts end up being only 5 innings or so.

4 years 5 months ago

The $1.5M being given to Timmy for 2011 is Theo’s goodbye kiss for a job well done these past 15 years… Maybe Wakefield can spend some time with Charlie Zink…if he is still in the Red Sox organization. Help Charlie fine tune his knuckler… for 2012…

4 years 5 months ago

He went to cardinals and twins after Boston from what I can find. Not sure about current contract status. Baseball Reference and both seem inconclusive.