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Wakefield, Tavarez to return to Red Sox for 2008 season

BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield's $4 million option was exercised
Friday by the Boston Red Sox after the knuckleballer missed the
World Series because of inflammation behind his right shoulder.

The World Series champions also exercised a $3.85 million option
on right-hander Julian Tavarez, announced catcher Kevin Cash had
declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket and elected
to become a free agent, and acquired minor league outfielder Sean
Danielson from St. Louis to complete the July 31 trade that sent
right-hander Joel Pineiro to the Cardinals.

Wakefield matched his career high in wins with a 17-12 record
but injured his back late in the season and was not on the rosters
for the AL division series and World Series. Boston has an annual
option to extend his contract for a year at a time for $4 million
for as long as it wants.

The knuckleballer had a 4.76 ERA this year and has a 168-146
career record.

Tavarez, who was not on any of the postseason rosters, began the
year as a starter until Jon Lester was ready to be recalled after
being treated for cancer in the offseason. Lester won the fourth
game of the World Series in which Boston completed its sweep of
Colorado. In 34 games this season, Tavarez was 7-11 with a 5.15
ERA.

In 12 games with Boston, Cash hit .111 with four RBIs. He was
with the Red Sox during the World Series but was not on any
postseason roster.

Danielson was assigned to Double-A Portland after spending the
season at Class A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.