Varitek Update

The Red Sox are still negotiating with Jason Varitek but since they have not landed a big bat yet they may not be as willing to sign him. Teagarden or Salty from Texas would be good offensive fits for Boston but the Sox are unwilling to pay the price (Buchholz or Bowden). Theo is stuck in a position he does not want to be in: keep a player beyond his prime or trade away one of his best homegrown prospects for an unknown. I highly doubt that the Red Sox will play the steep price for one of the Ranger’s catchers so Tek should be coming back. If they do bring back Tek they are going to need to bring in a good backup too and somebody with some thump off of the bench. Last season Tito was very reluctant to pinch hit for Varitek late in games; if Tek comes back we better hope that Francona is not afraid to use the hook in those big situations.

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