17 January 2009
From The Boston Globe:
Longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek met with club owner John Henry for approximately 90 minutes near Varitek's Atlanta-area home last night in an apparent attempt to resolve the winterlong stalemate between the player and team.
Communicating via text message after the meeting, Varitek said the meeting "went OK" and there was "nothing to report."
The Red Sox captain said he met with Henry "to speak [about] how I feel," answering "yes" when asked if his desire was to return to the team for the 2009 season.
Varitek declined comment when asked if the Red Sox expressed a desire for him to return. He also declined to address specifics as to why he remains unsigned less than four weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
Late last night, Henry returned an e-mail declining comment.
"It wouldn't be appropriate,'' wrote the Red Sox owner.
Bottom Line: We've talked alot about the catching options the Red Sox have here at The Bottom Line, but "the bottom line" is this: The return of Jason Varitek can only help the Red Sox. Curt Schilling agrees... and I think the only thing slowing is return to Boston at this point is Scott Boras and him damaged relationship with the Red Sox front office.
All the young cathers we have looked at lately don't seem to be worth the asking price. Tek may hit not hit .290 or 20 homers again, but I expect him to improve on his 2008 numbers and we all know how much he will help John Farrell and the pitchers.
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