Tim Wakefield wants to return to the Red Sox in 2012, saying he wants to break the franchise record for victories.
Ive definitely made up my mind that I definitely want to come back next year, Wakefield told Jon-Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. I have another goal in front of me that Id like to accomplish, and thats the all-time record for the Red Sox in wins. Im only seven away. I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record. Well see what happens.
Wakefield is 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA this year.
I think Ive 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. Ive never claimed to be an ace of the staff. Ive always wanted to be that anchor. With the knuckleball, over my 18-year career, its been innings pitched. I feel like Ive done that.