Sometime between the end of these winter meetings and the start of spring training, the Red Sox would like to talk to Jason Varitek about a contract extension.The Red Sox may have little choice here, considering the dearth of catching talent out there. For Varitek (who will be 36 next April), no other team will (over-?) value him as much as Boston does. So ... something like 2/18?
Varitek's four-year, $40 million deal - signed after the 2004 World Series - expires after the 2008 season and the Sox are unsure whether they have a suitable replacement in their pipeline.