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Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Posted on: January 2, 2012 7:06 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:57 pm
 

Jason Varitek was presumed to be an ex-Red Sox when the team signed catcher Kelly Shoppach a few weeks ago. But club decisionmakers are still considering yet another return to Boston for Varitek, sources familiar with their thinking said.

It's possible Boston people are just being polite to a longtime Red Sox loyalist. But it seems like more than that.

Boston certainly has plenty of catching options already, what with a revamped Jarrod Saltalamacchia, young up and comer Ryan Lavarnway and Shoppach already in the fold. And there wouldn't appear to be much room for Varitek. But Red Sox people value his presence and have taken note of the team's vast successes, even last year, with Varitek behind the plate and are still weighing a return for him for that reason.

Varitek has eschewed more lucrative options elsewhere in recent year. So you have to think if the Red Sox can make it work, he'll jump at the chance to come back. Varitek, 39, didn't have his worst season offensively last year, hitting 11 home runs with 36 RBIs and a .221 batting average. And while his arm isn't nearly what it was, the Red Sox do seem to continue to value him as a possible presence.


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DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:42 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Bring him back as a catcher's coach.  He is known for his preparation and handling of pitchers.  It would be nice for him to teach the three current catcher's how to be defensively successful (not offensively, of course).


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:28 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:16 am
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Bring him back as anything BUT a player!



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Vtek has always been a class acted. I say brin ghim back a roaming coach or scout. Hell even a bench coach for the big team. If I was the Sox's I would find some way to keep him and Wake with the organization.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:44 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Mascot. He'd look as good in that bird outfit as he did in a Red Sox uniform!



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

ummmm.. team captain?  completely disappeared when they went into their tailspin.  There are better offensive & defensive catchers out there.
I like varitek, but say good-bye already.  Posada would be a better fit, and I don't mean that to be taken as a viable option.



Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:07 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

" sucesses?" "last year?" varirek is awful and needs to retire...will he just be allowed to play forever because they like him? sox are grossly mismanaged



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Red Sox thinking about Tek return

Player manager?


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