Tim Wakefield rejoins Red Sox with front office gig

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Much like they did with Jason Varitek, the Red Sox have kept Tim Wakefield in the organization with a job as a special assignment instructor and honorary chairman of the Red Sox Foundation.

Wakefield played 17 seasons for the Red Sox, the last of which was 2011, and the knuckleballer has the third-most wins in franchise history behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens.

Last year Varitek took a job with the Red Sox as a special assistant to the general manager, but according to the press release Wakefield’s gig will focus on fundraising and charity events while also including “specific instructional assignments for general manager Ben Cherington and his staff.”

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.