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Jason Varitek is still in the Red Sox’ plans?

Dec 14, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

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With the Sox signing Kelly Shoppach and still having Jarrod Saltalamacchia, it strains credulity to think that Jason Varitek can still fit someplace on that team. But Nick Cafardo tweets that, according to a major league source, Varitek “may still be in the picture” for the Red Sox.

I guess they take pictures on old timers day and stuff. Maybe the source means that.

Varitek can’t play anyplace else other than behind the dish. The Sox have an established DH in David Ortiz, so even if Varitek could still hit, there would be no place for him.  To me this just sounds like a way for the Sox to cushion the signing of Shoppach and the inevitable end of Varitek’s career in Boston with some vague hope of a continued role in the organization.

Or am I missing something here?

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Craig, I agree entirely with your conclusion. Also when you consider the Red Sox stated desire to remain at/near or below the luxury tax threshold, Veritek is a luxury the Red Sox can least afford and he would take up a needed roster spot. I just don’t see them offering him a million or two to hang around and do nothing.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Must be the Red Sox version of Grumpy.

  3. bloodysock - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Aviles’ versatility might allow them to carry three catchers. And Varitek would not cost them that much.

  4. natsattack - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    I agree, Varitek can not higt well.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    To be fair, it doesn’t say HOW he will be in the picture. It may well be within the organization but not the MLB roster.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Does anyone know if he went vacationing with Big Papi down in the Dominican? If he did, maybe the Sox figure he’ll go back to his 2003-05 numbers.

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    I’m interested in seeing what happens, considering Varitek can’t play vari-well anymore.

  8. Marc - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Oh, they’ve got a spot for him, and the position is called Bench Coach. You can’t tell me Tek wouldn’t be good at it, and it’s not like Bobby V wouldn’t be burned at the stake if the proposal was made public and he shot it down.

    • Kyle - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      I feel like this would be the way to go.

    • mcsnide - Dec 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      You’re kidding, right? Ownership pushed out Francona largely because the clubhouse was out of control, but they’re going to make a coach out of the guy who wore the C? Can’t see that happening.

      While I don’t place as much weight on the beer and fried chicken as many people do, it was Tek’s responsibility to tell those guys to knock it off. We don’t know whether he did or not, but either way, it reflects badly on him – either the guys didn’t respect him enough to listen to him, or he just didn’t care enough to be a leader.

  9. titknocker - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Varitek hasn’t been good for a few years, and couldn’t throw a runner out at 2nd if his life depended on it. Honestly walking away from this guy should of happened 2-3 years ago.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Valid points, but your username makes you tough to take seriously.

  10. joshftw - Dec 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    He can be a pinch-runner for David Ortiz.

  11. bklynbaseball - Dec 14, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Tek’s done. Great career, now just go away.

  12. jwbiii - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Roving catching instructor.

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