Decision day looming for the Captain
It appears as if this could finally be the week we find out whether or not Jason Varitek continues his Red Sox captaincy into the 2009 season.
This has been an odd negotiation to say the least. First, there was Varitek’s highly curious choice of declining arbitration, even though it would have set him up at a rate — $10-12 million — he will now come nowhere close to.
Then, there was the utter lack of movement on both sides, as both appeared to be waiting for the other one to make a concession.
And now the latest, as first reported by WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford on Sunday night. The Sox gave Varitek a $5 million offer for 2009, that includes a dual option for 2010. $5 million if the club picks it up, and $3 million if Varitek exercises it.
There is apparently a deadline attached to Boston’s offer, which means that Theo and Co. are getting antsy to have closure.
I would think that Varitek wants the situation to come to an end as much as the team does. Varitek still looks like a great fit on this team. He hasn’t lost his touch at handling the staff and remains a rock behind the plate. So play him less this year, and put more of the offensive burden on Josh Bard.
If there are no better offers out there, and as of now, there don’t seem to be any other offers out there, these two sides should just get together and hammer this thing out so everyone can get on with their lives.
You know Varitek doesn’t want to put on another uniform. And although the Red Sox are a bit scared by the year Varitek had offensively, they know what he means to the staff, and to the clubhouse.
In an unrelated note, congratulations to Sean Casey on his retirement and move to the MLB Network. Sean is truly one of the great people I’ve ever met in my years of covering baseball. Guys like Sean Casey and Kevin Millar have such a joy for the game, and being around the game, that it’s always a pleasure to cover guys like that. I know that Sean will be a natural on TV, much like Kevin will be whenever he finishes playing.