December 24, 2004

Varitek Named Captain; Only Third in Sox History. In addition to resigning, Jason Varitek was also named team captain.

Mientkiewicz on the first base situation with Millar: "[T]he Red Sox can't go wrong with either one of us. ... I want to stay in Boston - I thoroughly enjoyed it there, even if I didn't play very well. If they feel they can become stronger with younger prospects, I would not leave with any ill feelings. I got my ring, but I'd love to come back."

The Night Before Fenway ... Houston's initial offer to Carlos Beltran is "reportedly a six-year deal worth as much as $16 million a season." The Yankees have met with Beltran but not made an offer. And Randy Johnson's status for next season will likely not be known until after New Year's.

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