November 9, 2009

Red Sox Decline Option On Varitek

UPPER-DATE: Peter Abraham, Globe:
Just spoke to Theo Epstein [late Monday night]. Contrary to a report, Jason Varitek has not yet exercised his $3 million player option for 2010. ... To be sure, the Sox expect Varitek to trigger that option. But it hasn't happened yet.
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UPDATE: NESN reports that Varitek will exercise his $3 million option:
The move is expected to be formalized on Tuesday ... With the incentives, Varitek would earn an additional $400,000 for starting 80 games in 2010 and another bonus for every 10 starts thereafter.
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Rob Bradford:
Red Sox will not pick up Jason Varitek's $5 million team option. Now [Varitek] has 5 days to make decision on $3 million player option.

15 comments:

Amy said...

No surprise.

Gambrinus said...

I'd be really surprised if Tek didn't take his option, though.

Ish said...

A cactus can go a long time without water, but at some point they need a little drink.

charlie pioli said...

Thank God.

9casey said...

If he does take the option, wouldn't have been better for him to come out and say that rather than have them make the first move...It just seems better from a PR standpoint..

9casey said...

and to the other post , Tim Wakefield is the biggest bargain for a veteran player .EVER........

nick said...

no surprise and it's the right thing to do, definitely. Still, it leaves me a bit melancholy. But there is no room for sentimentality in professional sports. Not if we're going to win and destroy the MFY next year, dagnabit!

FenFan said...

Theo states that VMart will be the everyday catcher next season. Think the team is sending a clear message on this one?

FenFan said...

... and just as I post that, the announcement comes that Tek will exercise the option. Well, who wouldn't want $3 million to sit on the bench versus nothing to stay home?

redsock said...

Theo states that VMart will be the everyday catcher next season. Think the team is sending a clear message on this one?

Theo should be committed to an asylum if he said anything else. I think even Tek knows that at this point.

9casey said...

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff November 9, 2009 10:44 PM
Just spoke to Theo Epstein. Contrary to a report, Jason Varitek has not yet exercised his $3 million player option for 2010.

As Epstein correctly pointed out, Scott Boras usually pushes such decisions until the deadline.

To be sure, the Sox expect Varitek to trigger that option. But it hasn't happened yet.

9casey said...

I know the Red Sox are talking about resigning Alex Gonzalez at ss for around 3 mil, but would would you rather give 3 mil to , him or Orlando Cabrera?

I'd Rather have .280 , 9 and 75 then, .250, 5 and 50 .......

Amy said...

I have a soft spot for OCab, but Seabass won me over this fall, so I'd be content with either at this point. Do we rule out Lowrie for every day?

redsock said...

They'd like Lowrie in there every day, but considering the questions about his wrist, they clearly need a Plan B that might end up being Plan A.

andy said...

I would sit on a bench covered in dildos for 3 million. I believe that is how Tek sees it.