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Red Sox, Jason Varitek Close in on 1-Year, $2 Million Deal to keep Captain in Beantown – Fenway Park 12/2/10

It looks like Jason Varitek will finish his major league career playing for just 1 major league baseball team.  In this day and age, that is a pretty incredible feat.  After Victor Martinez bolted for more money to join the Tigers in Detroit, the Red Sox made it more of a priority to ink their [...]

Red Sox Do Not Offer Jason Varitek Arbitration – Fenway Park 11/24/10

The Red Sox did not offer Catcher Jason Varitek salary arbitration before Tuesday night’s deadline.  By not offering Tek arbitration, the Red Sox will not get a “sandwich pick” from another team if that team signs him as a free agent.  On the other hand, it also allows the team to negotiate a more “club-friendly” [...]

Victor Martinez Bolts Beantown for the Motor City – Fenway Park 11/23/10

Victor Martinez is now a Detroit Tiger – he signs a 4-year, $50 million deal with the AL Central Tigers.  This announcement was not a big surprise.  Right from the start, it never seemed like the Red Sox were sold on over-paying for Martinez.  What is surprising, is that the Red Sox actually did make [...]

Red Sox to Offer Salary Arbitration to Adrian Beltre & Victor Martinez? – Fenway Park 11/22/10

Will the Red Sox offer salary arbitration to Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez?  The simple answer is probably yes.  Both players are Type A Free Agents which means that if either signs with another team, the Red Sox would get 2 picks from that team – one pick in the 1st or 2nd round and [...]

John Buck Could Sign with Florida Marlins – Fenway Park 11/16/10

MLB sources have confirmed that John Buck could sign a 3-year deal with the Florida Marlins any day now.  This would put the Red Sox in a huge bind and may force their hands to move quickly on Victor Martinez.  If the Red Sox do not sign Martinez or Buck, they would be left with [...]

Theo Epstein – Interesting Thoughts on Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez & the Current Free Agency Climate – Fenway Park 11/12/10

Theo Epstein had some interesting comments on trying to re-sign Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez and how you have to adapt to the new free agency climate.  With teams only having an exclusive 5-day period to re-sign looming free agents after the completion of the MLB post-season (instead of a 15-day period), management has had [...]

John Buck Emerges as Leading Catcher Candidate if Victor Martinez Signs Elsewhere – Fenway Park 11/11/10

The Red Sox are starting to prepare for life after Victor Martinez – John Buck could end up being the club’s starting catcher in 2011.  The Red Sox believe that the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are all going to make strong pushes to lure Martinez away from Boston.  Martinez had a productive [...]

Will Jason Varitek Be Back with the Red Sox in 2011?

Will Jason Varitek be back with the Red Sox during the 2011 MLB season?  It is a good question.  Varitek played in only 39 games for the Red Sox in 2010.  In 112 at-bats, Tek hit .232 with 7 HR’s and 16 RBI’s.  He struck out 35 times though and had an embarrassingly low .293 [...]

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox Agree to 1-Year Deal

The Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have agreed to a 1-year deal for the 2011 MLB schedule.  Saltalamacchia will earn $750,00 in the major leagues and $250,000 if he plays at the minor league level.  The deal is not guaranteed so he must come ready to play come Spring Training 2011. The Red Sox acquired [...]

Injuries Large Reason for Disappointing 2010 MLB Season

I hate to blame a poor season on injuries, but it’s tough not to do so with the 2010 Red Sox who finished a frustrating 89-73. Dustin Pedroia missed most of the summer with left foot issues that eventually required surgery in September.  Kevin Youkilis didn’t play in the Red Sox final 56 games.  Jacoby [...]