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Red Sox keeping door open with free agent Jason Varitek

Dec 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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When the Red Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.35 million free agent contract earlier this winter, many took it as a signal of the conclusion of the Jason Varitek era in Boston.

But maybe that was an incorrect assumption.

According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have “kept the door open for further talks” with the 39-year-old. And Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, seems to be pushing for a reunion:

“If there’s anyone that could best serve the No. 2 (catcher) role, it’s Jason,” Boras told the Herald. “Jason’s winning percentage that he provides when he catches and his impact on the pitching staff dramatically impact the Red Sox. … Jason Varitek wants to play for the Boston Red Sox.”

Varitek batted just .221/.300/.423 across 250 plate appearances this past season for Boston, but the Red Sox had a had a .656 winning percentage when he was catching and a .490 mark when he was not.

  1. neelyisgod - Dec 25, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Naturally Boras would say that given the fact that his client has no other interest from any other team. Although I don’t like the new look Sox so far, it’s time to cut bait with the Captain and move on.

  2. damnyankee13 - Dec 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Tek is a Red Sox period. If he cant play the field, he can coach.Age catches up to everyone and Tek has earned his “stripes”. They should make him a coach, manager of a minor league team or something..I wish the best for him.

    • lovesmesomeme - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      Get rid of him and that God awful “C”. It’s time to move on.

  3. spizzjr - Dec 25, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Shoulda made him either a player/manager or just the manager

    • trucker2020 - Dec 26, 2011 at 6:11 AM

      Veritek was part of the problem last year.He knew the BS that was going on in no way did he act like the team captian.His winning percentage is a misleading coincidence & he hasn’t hit well for years.Boras knows all this & he knows the Red Sox are the only suckers who would even consider signing Veratek.

      • KC Downey - Dec 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

        Who is “Veritek”? Who is “Veratek”?

        I’m confused.

  4. aaronzona2011 - Dec 25, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    why doesn’t varitek just sit out for half the year and when shoppach or salty gets injured he can come in fresh for the stretch run?

    • JBerardi - Dec 26, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      Because that’s Ryan Lavarnway’s gig.

      • aaronzona2011 - Dec 26, 2011 at 4:27 AM

        i thought lavarnway would fill in for youk when his back seizes up?

      • JBerardi - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:28 AM

        Lavarnway isn’t a first baseman nevermind a third baseman. Are you thinking of Will Middlebrooks?

  5. dan1111 - Dec 26, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    What is even less useful than assigning wins to pitchers? Assigning them to catchers.

  6. j0esixpack - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    As a Red Sox fan I hope they bring him back. All in all I’d say that trade with Seattle for Heathcliff Slocumb has worked out pretty well.

    • daisycutter1 - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:08 AM

      As a Yankee fan, I hope the Red Sox bring him back too.

      • randygnyc - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        10 years @ 10 million per year. Pay the man his money. (and it’s also time to start discussing a really long term contract extension with Carl Crawford.)

      • JBerardi - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:29 AM

        “10 years @ 10 million per year. Pay the man his money. (and it’s also time to start discussing a really long term contract extension with Carl Crawford.)”

        Uh-huh. So how’s Grampa A-Rod’s hip feeling these days?

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