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The Boston Red Sox boast the longest running current battery mates in Major League Baseball in pitcher Tim Wakefield and catcher Jason Varitek, but it appears as if both players’ time in Beantown could be coming to an abrupt end at the same time.
While nothing is yet official, the writing is clearly on the wall. If that were not evident enough before yesterday, the Red Sox signed veteran back-up catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one year guaranteed deal worth $1.35 million. It will be his second stint behind the plate in Boston.
Shoppach, who will turn 32-years-old near the beginning of the 2012 season, will back-up Jarrod Saltalamacchia and perhaps even Ryan Lavarnway. But regardless of where he winds up on the depth chart, it all but assures Varitek of needing to find a new home next season, depending on whether or not he decides to continue his playing career.
Varitek will turn 40-years-old around the same time as Shoppach and has seen more time as a Boston backstop than a...
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This was inevitable. With Varitek out of the picture in Boston, and the Sox showing zero interest in retaining Wakefield, it was only a matter of time before Theo and Hoyer started mulling the idea of bringing the two to Chicago.
Via the Tribune:
Jason Varitek in a Cubs’ uniform? How about knuckleballer Tim Wakefield?
Both of those Red Sox fixtures are...
The Red Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach on Tuesday, making many wonder whether Jason Varitek's career in Boston could be coming to an end. Sure, the veteran backstop has become a backup with the team the past two seasons, but there's no denying the tremendous career he's had. And because of his success, Varitek will always possess legendary status amongst Sox fans....
Since the end of the regular season, Jason Varitek has been in limbo. With the veteran catcher –– and team captain –– pushing 40 years heading into the 2012 season, his status on the Red Sox roster has been unknown. The answer apparently came on Tuesday, though, when the Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year deal. With Shoppach, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway...
BOSTON -- The Red Sox want Jason Varitek back.
It might not be as a player, though.
Two days after signing free agent Kelly Shoppach — giving the Red Sox a full complement of three catchers who are expected to be on the major league squad — general manager Ben Cherington said...
Kelly Shoppach, the once-promising catcher that Boston traded after the 2005 season because, well, the Sox had Jason Varitek behind the plate, is re-joining the team, signing a one-year $1.35 million deal.
The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told ESPN.com. The deal...
When former Boston Red Sox and current Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette stole Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997 at the trade deadline, it marked the start of the Tek's time in the Red Sox organization. And on this day in December of 2011, it looks as though his time as a member of the Red Sox is up.
With the Red Sox signing free agent...
By signing Kelly Shoppach the Boston Red Sox seem to be indicating that the Jason Varitek Era is at an end. Varitek was already a part-time player in Boston, mostly serving as the lesser half of a catcher platoon with fellow switch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia in 2011. Saltalamacchia is sticking around, and Shoppach is also the right-handed half of a platoon. It appears that there...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox owner John Henry says catcher Jason Varitek always will have a home in the organization.
A Cubs source confirmed the team has some interest in acquiring longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek and ageless knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Club also interested in Varitek and Tim WakefieldDaisuke Matsuzaka hasn't fulfilled the expectations that came with a $103 million commitment. But he helped Theo Epstein win a World Series ring in 2007, and he hasn't scared the Cubs' new president away from the high price of elite international talent.
Club also interested in Varitek and Tim WakefieldRogers: Club also interested in Varitek, Wakefield.
More here.The speculation is that this acquisition will end Jason Varitek's career in Boston. I would think so.