Friday, December 10, 2010
Red Sox Finalize Jason Varitek Deal
Today, the Red Sox closed the deal on the 1 year, $2 million contract that the Red Sox agreed to with Jason Varitek last week. Varitek had a rough year last year, due to injuries, going .232/6/17, he is a good backup catcher, but I think as starting catchers go, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the stronger option. Varitek is a pretty good defensive catcher other than the fact that he does not have a good arm, as the Red Sox all together last season only threw out 9% of base runners. The Red Sox are also competing with the Yankees and Blue Jays for former Dodgers' catcher Russell Martin. The Dodgers non-tendered Martin last week, and the Red Sox and Yankees especially appear to be trying to bolster their catching positions with him. I am glad that they made this move, but I think that the Red Sox should try to acquire Martin or some other catcher as well.