VARITEK Talks With Red Sox Resume
Good Monday morning, if there IS such a thing. I hope your New Years weekend was a great one. It was reported this morning in the Providence Journal that talks between the Red Sox and Jason Varitek and his agent, Scott Boras(s) (yes, HIM again) have resumed. What's the captain worth? Here's a bit of the Projo piece and I'll be back with my thoughts...
"Varitek and his agent, Scott Boras, initially wanted a four-year deal worth $40 million, similar to the deal Varitek just completed. In 2008, Varitek was the league’s third-highest paid catcher, behind Jorge Posada and Ivan Rodriguez of the Yankees. As the offseason has worn on, however, no other team has seemed interested in signing the 36-year-old Varitek to a long-term deal, and it is thought that Varitek and the Red Sox are now discussing a shorter contract.
What, then, is Varitek worth? By the numbers, veteran players producing at his level were generally paid between $2 million to $5 million by their teams in 2008, with the exception of the Yankees’ Rodriguez. If Varitek’s price were to drop that low, the Red Sox would probably be happy to bring him back for at least two more years. But if Varitek and Boras stick to their initial demands, the Red Sox will probably go another way, and end up with the same production for half the cost."
Peter here. First of all, it would be ridiculusly stupid if Boras(s) sticks to his original demands (seen above). But he's been known to make dumb mistakes before. Remember the AROD announcement a couple years back before the World Series ended? Sheer idiocy. He's not a god, as he thinks he is, he's a greedy human being who says he cares about his clients when all he cares about is his already oversized wallet. Wow, I wanted to use a couple "expletives deleted," but this is a G rated blog, for the most part.
Where was I? Oh...Boston would be smart to sign Jason to a two year deal for less than $7 million per year. 'Tek's expertise in game preparation is as important as his batting average, and who knows, he could find his swing once again. Yes, he's a couple years removed from being able to catch up with a 92 plus MPH fastball, but you never know. I know THIS...I want him back. Period.
You can click on this post's title for the entire Projo article, written by Daniel Barbarisi. As always, BE WELL. Skol. L'chaim. Your comments are welcome and I thank you once again for stopping in to my little place smack dab in the middle of the "blue nowhere."