Vote: Which Red Sox Free Agent Do You Most Want the Team to Sign?


Vote: Which Red Sox Free Agent Do You Most Want the Team to Sign?Forty-eight years.

That's the cumulative amount David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield have spent with the Boston Red Sox. In all likelihood, not all of them will be back in 2012.

Each key free agent has had his unforgettable moments with the Red Sox. Papelbon, the shortest-tenured of the bunch, has saved 219 games and made four all-star teams in his seven seasons in Boston. He was one of the few reliable arms in the bullpen, but his one-year deal expired at the end of the season.

Papelbon is a mere newbie when compared to Wakefield, who polished off his 17th season with the Red Sox. His 200th career victory was one of the last positive memories given the way the season ended. His versatility, even at age 45, made him a valuable asset.

It's hard to imagine Ortiz not in a Red Sox uniform. Since Big Papi arrived with his big swing and even bigger smile in 2003, he not only remade his career but helped rewrite franchise history. The team officially declared him the greatest clutch hitter in team history, but does he still have a few walk-off hits left in his bat at age 35?

Saying goodbye to Varitek might be the hardest of all. The captain has been the team's solid foundation for 15 years, and the Red Sox are the only big league team he's ever known. He seamlessly assumed his role as a backup in 2011, but the arrival of Ryan Lavarnway may spell the end of Varitek's tenure in Boston.

No matter where these four end up in the future, there's little chance of Red Sox fans forgetting their contributions to the team over the years.

Which Red Sox free agent do you most want the team to sign?

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