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It's looking like the end of the road for Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. No team aside from the Red Sox has offered Varitek a major league deal, and Boston has a glut of catchers (Jarrod Saltalamacchia, newly-signed free agent Kelly Shoppach, and young Ryan Lavarnway) that would prevent him from getting a lot of playing time. But at the end of the day, where does Varitek rank among catchers, both all-time and during his era?
Varitek's career gets romanticized a lot, due to his role with the Red Sox as their captain. But when you look at his overall career numbers, he wasn't that great. Varitek's career line is just .256/.341/.435 with 193 homers in parts of 15 seasons in the majors (though one of those seasons was just one plate appearance long). His career wOBA is just .336, his wRC+ is 99 (100 is average, anything lower is below average), and he's racked up just 24.8 career fWAR. His overall decline has been steep, accruing just 1.5 fWAR over the last f...
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It's 15 minutes into Bobby Valentine's first official workout as the Boston Red Sox's manager, and I'm already exhausted.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington walks toward me, snaps his fingers and says, "Got to pick it up!"
I'm not a player, of course. I'm not a writer trying to simulate a player. I'm just a writer following Valentine'...
The Red Sox gave golf a whirl last year at spring training, seeing who could chip a ball closest to second base. Kevin Youkilis proved to have the best golf skills of the bunch. This season, the players will test their luck at basketball as part of the Jordan's Shootout presented by Jordan's Furniture. Each player will have 30 seconds to sink as many baskets as possible....
Busted Coverage has the "story" of Terry Francona's twenty-something girlfriend, Vanessa.
It's safe to say Tito is enjoying life outside the Red Sox clubhouse.
Yep, we were duped yesterday on the Terry Francona story. I’ve been at this gig since October 2007 and yesterday’s story, based on what we now know is a phony tipster, is the first time in the history of BC that we were deceived to such a level. I reported that the photos that were sent to us were ‘allegedly’ Terry’s girlfriend. Nope. Then we were sent photos of the chick...
Clay Buchholz made his last start on June 16 last season because of an injury. But after working out extremely hard in the offseason, and having already hit the ground running at spring training, the right-hander is raring to go. Buchholz said he worked out with Dustin Pedroia this offseason, going through a regimen that led to him losing some weight. Buchholz discussed what it was...
A few days ago, longtime Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield announced his retirement after a lengthy big-league career that stretches back to the George H. W. Bush presidency.
When a player retires, it’s time to look back on his career, and that’s exactly what I’d like to do here. Below is a list of Tim Wakefield’s career highlights. Included are some of the greatest...
Theo Epstein's value to the Boston Red Sox was easy to gauge. A quick glance at the two World Series trophies at Fenway Park settles that.
At Spring Training three days early, Carl Crawford isn't sure when he'll be cleared to hit. Recovering from left wrist surgery in January, the Red Sox's left fielder -- coming off a rough first year in Boston -- refuses to rule out an Opening Day return.
Josh Beckett interview after the jump.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - John Henry probably shouldn’t have said it so openly and honestly because Carl Crawford reacted to the Red Sox owner’s offseason comments that he did not favor signing him with hurt and disappointment yesterday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jon Lester is a two-time All-Star, a World Series champion, and has a no-hitter on his résumé. By any measure, he is one of the best starting pitchers in the game.