The Red Sox have offered salary arbitration to Jason Varitek.
Varitek is unlikely to accept the offer. He has until December 7 to make a decision. I can't see the Red Sox offering him more than a year or two.
If he signs with another team, Boston would receive two draft picks as compensation. Yet I cannot imagine the demand for 37-year-old catchers coming off a .220/.313/.359 season (with OPS+s of 83, 103 and 73 over the past three years) is very high.
Paul Byrd was also offered arbitration.
The Red Sox have signed LHP Billy Traber to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Traber spent time with the Yankees and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) last year. In 19 MFY appearances, Traber had a 7.02 ERA (16.2 IP, 23 H, 7 BB, 11 K). Those Pawtucket innings aren't going to pitch themselves.
(In November 2004, Traber was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox, but was granted free agency a month later.)