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The Red Sox offered Jason Varitek a minor league deal. Maybe.

Jan 13, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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The Red Sox don’t need Jason Varitek. They have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach.  Meanwhile, Varitek has had no known interest from any other team.  Things look grim for his future.

But the Red Sox are at least offering him a temporary lifeline: Jon Heyman reports that they’ve offered a minor league deal with a spring training invite.  Though there is some debate here: Ian Browne hears differently: that there has been no invite yet and the team is waiting to see what Varitek wants to do.

The smart money is that — if there is an invite now or soon — it’s out of courtesy, so that Varitek has someplace to report and to work out in February, giving him a few extra weeks to figure out what he’s doing or to latch on with another team. But given his .221/.300/.423 line in 2011 — and his almost complete lack of defensive value as a catcher anymore — it’s not like there are many teams who would be willing to sign him.

Perhaps the Sox could use however long he has in spring training to persuade Varitek to pull a Posada and bow out gracefully and/or accept a coaching or front office position with the team.

UPDATE: According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that the club has not made a formal offer to Varitek.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I hope he bows out, too. He’s had a solid career, and I think he’d make one hell of a coach/manager.

  2. baseballisboring - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    A 220/.300/.423 line isn’t that bad from a catcher really, but I think it’s the defense that hurts him more than anything…he really can’t throw anyone out anymore. I feel like he could probably still secure a backup job somewhere, but it sort of seems like he doesn’t want to leave Boston. If he retires as a player I’m sure the Sox have a job for him in some capacity if he wants it.

  3. bigharold - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    A minor league deal, … maybe?

    That’s more than he deserves. Adios apt Sucker Punch.

  4. pisano - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I’m no fan of Boston, but lets be fair they have carried him the last few years. It’s time to say ciao.

  5. lovesmesomeme - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    He was done 2 years ago. Francona kept him around out of loyalty and he couldn’t even offer him a hand up when everyone was piling on. Not to mention earning that god forsaken “C” on his jersey by keeping his team in check. Put. Him out to pasture before they have to put him down.

  6. randygnyc - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    LOL.

  7. farvite - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Speaking of bad Mariner trades…………….

  8. Jonny 5 - Jan 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    His future seems better than grim, being he’s made 67M in salary so far and is cuddling with Catherine Panagiotopoulos right about now sipping something expensive. ;)

    • havlicekstoletheball - Jan 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      After tapping Heidi Watney some years ago…

      Apparently getting around on a fastball or throwing a runner out at second won’t get you celebrity tail as fast as $67 million!!!

      Who knew?

  9. hushbrother - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Maybe he could sign with one of the LA teams. Didn’t Heidi just move there?

  10. pedrohof - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I’m new on this board and I dont know if this has been discussed before, but do you guys think Varitek used PED? I remember the year he won the SS he was huge. the next year (after PEDs started making all the headlines) he was ALOT smaller.

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