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Jason Varitek is close to returning to Boston on a one-year deal

Dec 2, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT


Face it Boston fans: Jason Varitek is going to be playing for the Sox until your grandkids have grandkids.  Peter Gammons just reported that the Sox is about to sign a $2 million contract.

You have to think that this means that Saltalamacchia is the starter and Varitek the backup, right? Of course that’s the case.  Except, man, if you’re Saltalamacchia, don’t you have to be a bit nervous? He’s not Victor Martinez, whose obviously superior talent kept in the starting slot no matter what happened. He’s a kid, still yet to realize his potential and about whom many questions have already been raised by the columnists and talk radio. I liken the dynamic to your girlfriend keeping her ex-boyfriend around for yard work purposes. She says she loves you, baby, but you can’t feel too secure about things.

Varitek is no longer a viable starter, but if Salty struggles, you know damn well people are going to cry out for the Captain to be behind the plate.  In the grand scheme of things this is a small problem — and there are about a zillion worse caddies for Salty to have than the guy who knows more about catching in Boston than anyone this side of Carlton Fisk — but really, you have to wonder when, if ever, the Sox are going to move away from Varitek.

  1. xpensivewinos - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Still not convinced that another catcher isn’t coming and Salty winds up starting at AAA.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

      Agreed. Singing Tek as your backup doesn’t keep you from getting a more sure thing than Salty.

  2. Amsterdamned - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    As a Dodger fan, thank you.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    If Salty struggles in Boston, they won’t stick with him no matter who the backup is. Moot point.

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