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Will Jason Varitek follow Tim Wakefield into retirement?

Feb 17, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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Boston offered minor-league contracts and spring training invitations to both Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Wakefield opted against battling for a roster spot at age 45, announcing his retirement today, but the 40-year-old Varitek is apparently still trying to make up his mind.

Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that the catcher has “not made any decisions yet” about his plans for 2012.

By signing Kelly Shoppach to back up Jarrod Saltamacchia the Red Sox are seemingly set at catcher and Varitek wasn’t linked to many other teams during the offseason. It’s possible he could draw interest from teams if a starting catcher goes down with a spring training injury, but Ivan Rodriguez and Jason Kendall are also available if veteran-ness is the only qualification needed.

Varitek hit .221 with a .300 on-base percentage and .423 slugging percentage in 250 plate appearances last season, which is actually above-average production for a catcher, but it’s tough to live with his defense at this point. He threw out a measly 14 percent of steal attempts last season.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Do what you think is right Jason, whatever that is.

  2. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$. You had your day in the sun. You have lost the right to wear that restarted looking “c” on your jersey after that pitiful display last year.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Yes, because being a Captain is all about on field performance.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        I expected that his skills to decline, I had no idea that he would join in on the chicken eating contest.

      • gallyhatch - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        “hammyofdoom – Feb 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM
        Yes, because being a Captain is all about on field performance”

        No, it should have alot more to do with actions in the clubhouse and behind closed doors. And all signs point to a tremendous void in leadership on that team last year. He did not do his job, no-one on the 2011 Red Sox did their job (with the exception of Pap & Scutaro – & those guys are gone.)
        I am a life-long Red Sox fan, and I intend to go to no games this year.

        F this squad and the Fenway scene.

  3. youk75 - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    He has to retire instead of going through another pathetic season.

  4. richwizl - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Not a good enough hitter to DH and 40 is very old for a Catcher, even though Tek stays in shape. I hope he retires and doesn’t embarrass himself; he’s had a really good career. We were lucky to have him.

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