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  1. Varitek makes retirement official at emotional presser

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox' Varitek announces his retirement from baseball during a news conference at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers

    Veteran catcher Jason Varitek officially put an end to his playing career on Thursday evening with a farewell press conference at the Red Sox’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Speaking from a podium fittingly placed just in front of home plate at the newly constructed JetBlue Park, Varitek addressed his reasoning behind the…

  2. The Yankees aren’t feeding the trolls

    Feb 29, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    As D.J. noted last night, yesterday Bobby Valentine tried to troll the Yankees, talking smack about the famous flip play from the 2001 ALDS and about the famous Jason Varitek-A-Rod fight. Today the Yankees were asked about it.  And they weren’t gonna get down on Bobby V’s level.  Here’s Jeter: “… who cares? I mean,…

  3. Bobby Valentine is already trolling Yankees fans

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager Valentine watches pitchers work out at the Red Sox new Major League Baseball spring training facility in Fort Myers

    If Bobby Valentine’s goal is to play the role of villain in the eyes of Yankees’ fans, he’s already off to a pretty good start. According to the Associated Press, earlier today the Red Sox were practicing relay throws and Valentine was asked about Derek Jeter‘s famous “flip” to home plate in Game 3 of…

  4. Nice scouting there, 1997 version of Dan Duquette

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Jason Varitek’s retirement announcement announcement (well, that’s what it was), Alex Speier of WEEI has a nice look back at the trade that sent Varitek from Seattle to Boston and set the Red Sox on course for their 2004 and 2007 World Series championships. This is my favorite part, from Derek Lowe, who…

  5. Cardinals and Yadier Molina closing in on five-year, $70-75M extension

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that the two sides are closing in on a five-year deal in the $70-75 million range. Molina would make $14-15 million per season if Rosenthal is correct, which would give him the second-highest AAV (average annual value) for a catcher ever behind Joe Mauer‘s current eight-year, $184 million contract ($23 million). As…

  6. Jason Varitek joins Tim Wakefield in calling it a career

    Feb 27, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Among active teammates, only the Yankees’ trio of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada had been together longer than Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. Now Varitek has joined Posada, the catcher he was so often compared to as part of the New York-Boston rivalry, and Wakefield in retirement. Had Varitek played anywhere other than…

  7. Jason Varitek is retiring

    Feb 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    This is not surprising given all of the rumblings we’ve heard, but it’s going to be official as of Thursday: Jason Varitek is retiring.  He told the Boston Globe that he will announce it formally in Fort Myers that day. The end was certainly nigh.  Varitek turns 40 in April. He hit .221/.300/.423 with 11…

  8. Yadier Molina likely to become one of the highest-paid catchers ever

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    Just three catchers in big-league history have signed contracts worth in excess of $10 million per season. That’s about to change. Yadier Molina heads a class of four free-agent-to-be catchers, all of whom could find themselves in eight-figure territory with big 2012 seasons. Molina is probably the one sure thing in the bunch to draw…

  9. Ivan Rodriguez is still looking for work

    Feb 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jason Varitek is said to be leaning toward retirement, but the other 40-year-old catcher on the free agent market, Ivan Rodriguez, is still trying to land a gig for 2012. Rodriguez told the Associated Press that he’s been “working out every day in the gym” and “can still play” if a team gives him a…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. The Red Sox are still waiting on decisions from Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield

    Feb 11, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino was on MLB Network Radio’s “Inside Pitch” on Sirius XM yesterday and Alex Speier of WEEI.com was nice enough to transcribe it for everyone. Lucchino spent a good chunk of the interview downplaying the absurd notion that the Red Sox are suddenly cheap, but he also confirmed that…

  13. Scott Boras says Jason Varitek “is deliberating what he wants to do”

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    With spring training right around the corner Jason Varitek doesn’t have a job and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that the 40-year-old catcher “is deliberating what he wants to do.” Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe makes it clear that “there’s no room on the Red Sox roster for him” after they signed Kelly Shoppach…

  14. Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Varitek still looking for work

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Brad Ausmus played until 41 despite rarely getting a ball out of the infield in his later years and an extreme lack of production never stopped the Royals from throwing money at Jason Kendall, but all of a sudden, experience isn’t counting quite as much on the catcher market. Ivan Rodriguez, who landed a two-year,…

  15. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  16. Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek. His…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Sounds like the Red Sox would like Jason Varitek to take a job with the team

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    There was that little report yesterday about how the Red Sox are still thinking of keeping Jason Varitek. Which makes no baseball sense because they already have two catchers who are better than Jason Varitek. Today Ben Cherington went on WEEI and expounded on that a bit, saying that they want to keep Varitek “in…

  20. Gettin’ the band back together: the Cubs have some interest in Varitek, Wakefield

    Dec 14, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Boston Red Sox

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have some interest in Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield. Nothing is imminent, and this sounds a lot more like someone sayin’ “ya know, we could do this …” than anything else. Still, it would be fun. Sort of like that time the Saints hired Bum Phillips…

  21. 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…

  22. 11 years after being drafted, Kelly Shoppach belatedly replaces Jason Varitek

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:27 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    When the Red Sox made Kelly Shoppach their first pick in the 2001 draft, the thinking was that he might someday take over for Jason Varitek behind the plate in Boston. Of course, then GM Dan Duquette probably didn’t see it happening 11 years and two Red Sox World Series championships later. Nor did he know that…

  23. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  24. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

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