Super agent, and I use that term loosely, Scott Boras has been tooting the horn of Red Sox team captain Jason Varitek. He likens his value to that of Jorge Posada and his four year $52.4 million dollar deal with the pinstriped ones. This is what he had to say on the subject...
"It is probably representative age-wise and it's also representative of what a player on a winning team - for very different reasons, obviously - can do," Boras said. "You aren't going to have many catchers with those performance levels - a 60 percent winning percentage on a franchise which has won two championships, caught four no-hitters. I can go on and on.
The idea of it is there aren't many players in the marketplace who lead a team like Jason Varitek can, and that's got to be his value. Teams offer contracts, I don't," said Boras. "I'm at the will of what teams choose to do."
Peter here...there is no doubt that Jason Varitek leads his team, OUR team, through hard work, tough research on the opposing team's batters and the educative information and game calling he gives his each day pitcher. A Boston Red Sox team without Jason Varitek would seem alien to me, naked in its vulnerability. But I know that Boston will not give him a four year contract...no team would. But he's our "quarterback." He leads the team and controls the pitch selection like no one else can. We hope for the best. To me, the "best" would be a modest two year offer, or a less modest one year offer...if he catches two games out of every five, his invaluable expertise will still be available to the Boston pitching staff...EVERY DAY, from the dugout and in the clubhouse. To have 'Tek THERE is so important to the pitchers on the team. That's ideal.
In other GM meetings news, the interest in Coco Crisp, who batted .315 after the ALL STAR break (that's amazing!), has never been higher. He's never been more "in demand." The story isn't the same for Julio Lugo, he of the bloated contract and the injury muddled and muddied 2008 season. But those two names have been linked as the first two players the Sox might jettison. Again, time will tell. Will Mike Lowell have to go? The answer is this...only if Mark Teixeira or Nick Swisher is acquired. The up-in-the-air questions are numerous. The answers are still invisible, just out of reach.
As always, BE WELL. Click on the title for more on the GM meetings on the left coast, namely Dana Point, California. Thanks for stopping in once again, my Constant Readers. I'd love to hear your opinions...should Coco (don't know!) and/or Lugo (bye bye birdie!) be playing somewhere else in 2009? We shall see. Eventually. As Jimi said in 1967...
Castles made of sand
Slip in to the sea...
Hey, you know what? We ALL do. I'll see you soon.