"We're not going to take it," Boras said. "We're going to decline. We are talking with the Red Sox and other teams about Tek."***
Nick Cafardo reports that a source close to Jason Varitek confirms that the Red Sox captain will decline salary arbitration. If so, Varitek will be able to negotiate with any major league team.
For the most part, I've been avoiding the trade/free agent rumours of the past month or so. And Fox's Ken Rosenthal has presented Exhibit A of why that's a good idea.
December 4: Rosenthal calls Varitek "a strong candidate to accept arbitration" and said "it would be an upset" if Tek rejected Boston's offer.The winter meetings begin tomorrow in Las Vegas.
December 6: Rosenthal reports that (a) Varitek will likely "reject arbitration and remain on the open market" and (b) that he "seems an ideal candidate to accept the Red Sox's offer".