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Jason Varitek is leaning toward retirement

Feb 17, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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Tim Wakefield just officially announced his retirement and it appears as though his longtime teammate Jason Varitek is finally close to making a decision about his future.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a friend of Varitek as the Wakefield presser that the veteran backstop is leaning toward retirement.

Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier today that his client has “not made any decisions yet” about his plans for this season. Still, with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington saying earlier this evening that he doesn’t anticipate making any additions prior to the start of camp, all signs are pointing in the direction of retirement.

Varitek, who turns 40 in April, batted .221/.300/.423 with 11 home runs, 36 RBI and a .723 OPS over 68 games last season. The three-time All-Star owns a .256/.341/.435 lifetime batting line over major league 15 seasons to go along with 193 career home runs and 757 RBI.

  1. astrosfan75956 - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    But only if Heidi Watney goes with him, he says.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      Can you blame him?

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Heidi already jumped ship for California, sadly.

      I’m going to miss her more than Papelbon!

  2. bigharold - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Leaning??

    Like he has a realistic choice. Hail and fare well Captain Sucker Punch!

    • drewzducks - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      You’re just upset he smudged A-Roids lip gloss.

  3. cur68 - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Looks like another stalwart BoSox his heading into the sunset. It probably is for the best, but I’m not gonna recognize the ALBeast without the names “Wakefield & Varitek” constantly mentioned.

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      I know…this season is going to be very odd for a lot of fans.

      No Francona. No. Epstein. No Papelbon. No Wakefield. No Varitek (probably).

      The end of several eras for the Red Sox. Ortiz is the only link to ’04 now.

  4. cmbailey7384 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    As a big Red Sox fan I remember way back when he was acquired for Heathcliff Slocumb and wondering who the hell is this guy? Almost 20 years later, if this is the end, I’m saying thanks for the memories and wishing him happiness in his future endeavors.

  5. 27xwschamps - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    HELL son , sign with the NYY.. That would really frost the beaners balls !!!

  6. chiadam - Feb 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    His bat and throwing arm retired a few years ago.

  7. richieranger - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Good….doosh.

  8. hushbrother - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Even if he retires you can be certain this isn’t the last we’ll see of Tek. He has future coach or manager written all over him.

  9. yostremski - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    TEK WAS THE LAST OF THE REAL RIVALS OF THE YANKEES ABOARD
    HATE TO SEE HIM GO.
    OUT WITH THE OLD ,AND IN (BOBBY-V) WITH THE NEW YANKEE HATERS

    TEK WILL BE BACK AS PITCHING COACH SOONER THEN LATER…

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