Red Sox keep Wakefield, but will Mirabelli be back?

Originally Published: October 30, 2006
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield is looking forward to his 13th season with the Boston Red Sox, with or without his favorite catcher.

The club exercised its $4 million option on the knuckleballer on Monday, two days after Doug Mirabelli, who handled the fluttering pitch for most of the last five seasons, filed for free agency.

"I'd love to see him back but I understand the organization's standpoint," Wakefield said during a conference call. "I'm open to anyone else who's going ...

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