Live from Las Vegas
A typical quiet first day here at the Winter Meetings, at least as of 7:30 p.m. ET.
A few Boston scribes just bumped into Theo Epstein in the lobby and he certainly painted a picture of having nothing new to report. Epstein’s session with the media is at 8 p.m. ET and he already warned some of us that we shouldn’t expect bulletin-board material: “Get ready to be underwhelmed … I’ve got nothing.”
In other news, Greg Maddux announced his retirement at a classy press conference a bit earlier and the Red Sox continue to have extreme uncertainty when it comes to their catching situation.
With the Rangers trading Gerald Laird to Detroit, they may no longer be a fit as a trading partner with Boston. Taylor Teagarden and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both become far more necessary to the Rangers with Laird gone.
And the Tigers, who might have been in the running for a catcher if not for acquiring Laird, obviously aren’t players anymore for Varitek.
A lot of people are questioning Varitek’s strategy, as in, why didn’t he accept arbitration? That might have been the best contract he was going to get. If there are teams interested in Varitek for multiple years, none have come out and said so.
As for other options the Red Sox might have, Ramon Hernandez and Bengie Molina — both veterans — are both said to be available via the trade market.