Penny to WEEI:
There were a lot of teams involved. But I wanted to go somewhere where I knew we had a great chance at winning and Boston is that place.Is Bard's return further evidence that Jason Varitek's Red Sox career is over? He could still be a backup, but if these 2009 projections are any indication, Boston has replaced Tek's bat for a fraction of the price (Bard's deal would be for $1.6 million):
Bill James:In 178 AB last season, Bard hit only .202/.279/.270, but had a variety of injuries and very low BABIP (.235). He hit .308/.376/.454/.830 against lefties last year and had an overall line drive rate of 21%.
According to the 2009 Hardball Times Annual, no major league regular had a lower line drive % in 2008 than Varitek.