Tony Massarotti, Globe:
According to a baseball source, the deadline by which Varitek must accept or decline the Red Sox' latest contract offer is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, leaving less than a day for the matter to play out. According to the same source, Varitek is seriously considering the option of sitting out the 2009 season and/or retiring rather than accepting the contract offer made to him last week. ...So Varitek would rather stay home in 2009 than accept the Sox's offer? At 37 years old -- and with his shitty 2008 season as his last on-field performance -- that would be de facto retirement.
Independent of the Varitek negotiations, the Sox are expected to revisit talks with the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks about respective deals for the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the lefthanded-hitting Miguel Montero. ...
This seems like nothing more than last-minute posturing from Boras -- the Red Sox may lose out on Tek for 2009 OMG!!! -- and it will fail. It's crystal clear that Boston will move on without blinking an eye. (SoSH TaLK)