“I’ve definitely made up my mind that I definitely want to come back next year,” Wakefield said. “I have another goal in front of me that I’d like to accomplish, and that’s the all-time record for the Red Sox in wins. I’m only seven away. I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record. We’ll see what happens.”
Wakefield earned his 200th career victory earlier this month, of which he said, “It meant the world to me. It’s a memory I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
Wakefield assumed a much greater role on the Boston pitching staff this year than Red Sox officials anticipated, going 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 154 2/3 innings. It was his highest workload in a season since 2008.
“I think I’ve pitched better than the numbers have (indicated),” Wakefield said. “But my job, as fourth or fifth starter, is to give the club innings and get us in position to win a game. I’ve never claimed to be an ace of the staff. I’ve always wanted to be that anchor. With the knuckleball, over my 18-year career, it’s been innings pitched. I feel like I’ve done that.”