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Red Sox moving on from Wakefield and Varitek

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08:14 AM ET 12.07 | Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek, both of whom date back to the Dan Duquette era, may be nearing the end of the line in Boston. Wakefield has been with the Red Sox since 1995, after Duquette rescued him when he'd been released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Varitek has been here since 1997, coming over in one of the best trades ever made by a Sox GM, arriving with Derek Lowe from Seattle in a deal for failed closer Heathcliff Slocumb. Both are free agents who will be in their 40s when next season begins, Wakefield 45, Varitek 40 on April 11. And Tuesday afternoon, general manager Ben Cherington left the strong impression that neither figure in the team's plans for 2012.

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December 7, 2011  09:17 AM ET

It's about time.

December 7, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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It's about time.

Agreed

Those two Methusala's are running on EMPTY

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December 7, 2011  10:41 AM ET

Wake of the rubber arm? i would keep him just as an innings eater. I imagine his time may have finally come.

December 7, 2011  12:12 PM ET

Both may have a future in coaching; mature and respected.

December 7, 2011  12:40 PM ET

Look for Veritek to sign with the LA Lakers, so he can be close to Heidi Watney!

December 7, 2011  12:52 PM ET

Turn out the lights the partys over........

December 7, 2011  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

AgreedThose two Methusala's are running on EMPTY

Didn't Varitek have a farewell stadium tour like 2 years ago?

December 7, 2011  02:17 PM ET

Wakefield will find a job if he wants it. no shortage of teams that need a guy to eat innings at the back end of the rotation or as a long man in a bullpen.

December 7, 2011  02:19 PM ET

I enjoyed watching them but time to go. Many great memories of them when they were in their respective primes.

December 7, 2011  03:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I enjoyed watching them but time to go. Many great memories of them when they were in their respective primes.

I will never forget the game where Tek shoved his mitt in ARod's face and told him to shut up! Priceless, and the rest of the Yankees stood there and watched it with grins on their faces!

December 7, 2011  03:29 PM ET

they wouldn't have 2 ring without them. it's a business, nothing personal. thanks for the memories!

December 7, 2011  05:17 PM ET

Even as an innings eater, Wakefield is a poor choice. Over the last two seasons he's been 11-18 with an ERA of 5.22 and averaged 147 innings per season. Seriously, what team needs a pitcher like this? Better to bring up minor leaguers and get them some experience.

December 7, 2011  09:32 PM ET
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they wouldn't have 2 ring without them. it's a business, nothing personal. thanks for the memories!

both players did great job, either way as a pitcher or as a catcher they did play to their standars, great respect for the sport great responsability, both guy were a very productive in their owns assaigment, good luck and thanks for the memories!!!

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