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heidi-watney

Someone was taking pictures before the Red Sox game the other night and they got a gem. What is she asking her girls? Maybe something about rumored lover Jason Varitek?

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Jason Varitek signed a one-year deal today with the Boston Red Sox, for $5 million a year, with an option for a second year. Blame Scott Boras for the catcher to take this long to sign. In a rough economy, a 38 year old catcher is not going to be getting the big bucks Boras was looking for. However, I am glad Varitek is staying in Boston, as he will provide his consistent leadership for at least another season, while the front office searches for a new prospect catcher.

In other news ManRam, Manny Ramirez still has no team to play for. With Spring Training rapidly approaching it does not look like her will have one by then either. Boras, again is looking for a huge contract for Manny, and with the state the country is in right now, it does not look promising.

Pitchers and Catchers report in a little over 12 days, and there are still some big names hanging out there, waiting for calls. Ken Griffey Jr, Bobby Abreu, Pedro Martinez, Ben Sheets, Adam Dunn, just to name a few. I think this season we will see a lot of the unsigned players will remain unsigned for a good portion of the season.

Get ready for my predictions on the season, coming soon. Until then, ManRam, good luck, maybe you should take the Dodgers deal. Just a thought.

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It has been an interesting offseason for many of Major League Baseball’s marquee free agents. And when I say interesting I mean, things aren’t going so well…

Some lofty expectations, sometimes brought on by agents and sometimes by the players themselves, seem to be leaving some people with some bruised egos.

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Andy receiving word that he just lost $4.5 mil.

Andy Pettitte
The 36-year-old hurler was perturbed when the Yankees wanted to cut his salary from $16 million to $10 million.

Pettitte and the Yankees agreed yesterday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract.

The guaranteed money is less than half New York’s original $10 million offer. However he can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses. This includes $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster. While he would earn the entire amount if he pitches 210 innings and doesn’t go on the disabled list. So for Andy that’s four and a half million dollars down the drain.

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'Tek with accused mistress Heidi Watney

Jason Varitek
The curious case of Jason Varitek. ‘Tek now has until Saturday to sign the offer placed on the table by the Sox.

The offer is a one-year offer for a guaranteed $5 million with a dual option for 2010. This means that the Sox have a $5 million option on the Jason for that season; should the team decline to exercise the option, Varitek subsequently can return to the team at a salary of $3 million. (more…)

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Jason Varitek

MLB.com reports today that the Red Sox have reportedly added a second year (either a guarantee, or via an option)  to the offer they have made to catcher Jason Varitek. In my previous article on Varitek, I knew they wouldn’t let him wade out in the water too long. Hopefully, forward progress continues.

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It is being reported that unemployment has sky rocketed to a 16 year high and is now at 7.2%. The loss in total jobs for 2008 was the largest since 1945 and the net job loss for 2008 was 2.6 million.

There is an unmeasurable amount of uncertainty in the minds of employers and employees nationwide.

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What we do know is that 2 of the 2.6 million who lost jobs in 2008 are Jason Varitek and Manny Ramirez. Why? Some might say it is because of super-agent Scott Boras.

This is what Boras does and you have to know that when you sign on with him. I think he is a great agent. But in the following cases he needs to know the market for his clients better.

Boras was the one whispering in Manny’s ear that they need to get out of Boston to avoid those ungodly 2 club option years that were remaining on Manny’s contract. By the way, remember, those club options were for $20 million per. Now it seems that Manny will be lucky to get $20 million per year anywhere let alone a contender.

Varitek’s situation is different and maybe not as horrendous as the Ramirez saga. Boras is asking for Posada money for a guy who batted .220 last year. Scott is forgetting that Jorge batted .338 in his contract year.

It’s January 9th and teams are spending up all their money. Suddenly maybe bringing Boras aboard doesn’t seem to be the best of moves after all.

Now Jason has a Red Sox organization that is moving on and Manny is starring some humble pie or retirement right in the face. On the other hand, don’t feel TOO bad for Scottie though. He is doing alright. I think the Teixeira contract will feed his family for a while.

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So the Sox signed Josh Bard again, Varitek is still a free agent, and Boras is still doing his thing. Personally, I feel the Theo needs to focus on bringing Varitek back. He is the epitome of the Boston Red Sox. Without Varitek on the roster, we lose the team cohesiveness. He goes out there day after day and performs.varitek-arod

However, with that said, his offensive numbers were in a little bit of a slump this past year, driving in 25 RBI’s less than in 2007, and having 18 less hits in 2008. However, Varitek is not the catcher because of his offensive numbers. He is there to breakdown each batter, and make sure that the pitching staff knows what pitch to throw when. The man is a machine. Theo, has some big plans up his sleeve, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Varitek is involved. He may only have a couple more seasons in him, due to his many years behind the plate, but I want to see him behind the plate for the Sox still.

Bard, is a great catcher by all means, but he is not an everyday catcher. He will need to focus on learning to catch Wakefield and the knuckleball. After all, the Sox only gave him a month in his last stint. If Bard is here to stay, he is going to have to fill some big shoes.

“I think [manager Terry Francona] was very up front about the fact that he’s not going to put a number on it, and I think it comes down to, like any other team, the better you play, the more you’re going to play,” Bard said. “I know the opportunity is out there. When I looked at the opportunity to go to a World Series championship team and an opportunity to be hopefully more than a backup, it was something that I couldn’t be excited enough about.”

If Varitek comes back to the Sox, Bard will definitely catch for Wakefield, but with Varitek’s knees, he is going to need more rest, which means more work for Bard. If Bard can perform, and prove his worth, I think the combination will be a good one.

Theo usually works his magic, but the void is still there until he signs someone…

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Sox catcher Jason Varitek is splitting with his wife, Karen. The team captain filed for divorce July 28 in Gwinnett County, Ga., where the couple live in the offseason. They were married in 1996 and have three daughters, ages 8, 6, and 3.

Varitek is in the final year of a four-year, $40-million contract he signed after the BoSox won the World Series in 2004. He’ll be a free agent at the end of this season, though he turns 37 in April and is hitting just .216.

Looks like Mr. Varitek is single. I know from living in the Boston area that young, attractive females love Jason. This should be a blessing in disguise for him. So why in the world is he still batting well under .250?

On a slightly more serious note; this could mean bye bye Boston for Jason. Varitek will now be looking to recoup the million upon millions of dollars that ex-wife Karen has inevitably now inherited. Who would sign a guy who might very well bat under or around the .200 mark? Catchers are in ultra-high demand. He is a proven winner and a great leader. A bizarre and unfortunate season for Jason has just gotten worse. Maybe this explains his struggles at the dish. Seriously, good luck to the Varitek family and everyone involved.

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