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Portrait of Jason Varitek

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 5839 .256 .341 .435 99 30.4
Birth Date4-11-1972
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age47 years, 8 months, 1 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1997 BOS 25 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 104 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BOS 26 86 247 56 13 0 7 17 45 2 2 2 .253 .309 .407 83 -4.5 -0.5 2.1 0.8
1999 BOS 27 144 544 130 39 2 20 46 85 2 1 2 .269 .330 .482 98 1.4 -2.0 11.1 3.4
2000 BOS 28 139 519 111 31 1 10 60 84 6 1 1 .248 .342 .388 91 -3.1 -2.5 16.4 3.4
2001 BOS 29 51 198 51 11 1 7 21 35 1 0 0 .293 .371 .489 109 3.2 -1.9 0.6 1.1
2002 BOS 30 132 519 124 27 1 10 41 95 7 4 3 .266 .332 .392 88 -5.5 -5.8 24.7 3.7
2003 BOS 31 142 521 123 31 1 25 51 106 7 3 2 .273 .351 .512 114 10.8 -3.5 2.9 3.3
2004 BOS 32 137 536 137 30 1 18 62 126 10 10 3 .296 .390 .482 114 10.4 -3.8 8.2 3.9
2005 BOS 33 133 539 132 30 1 22 62 117 3 2 0 .281 .366 .489 117 11.6 -2.4 -3.7 3.1
2006 BOS 34 103 416 87 19 2 12 46 87 2 1 2 .238 .325 .400 93 -2.0 -2.3 11.9 2.7
2007 BOS 35 131 518 111 15 3 17 71 122 8 1 2 .255 .367 .421 107 6.7 -4.1 15.3 4.2
2008 BOS 36 131 483 93 20 0 13 52 122 6 0 1 .220 .313 .359 80 -10.5 -4.9 -5.0 0.2
2009 BOS 37 109 425 76 24 0 14 54 90 3 0 0 .209 .313 .390 90 -3.8 -2.6 -6.2 0.7
2010 BOS 38 39 123 26 6 0 7 10 35 0 0 0 .232 .293 .473 101 0.3 -1.4 -2.0 0.2
2011 BOS 39 68 250 49 10 1 11 21 67 4 0 0 .221 .300 .423 96 -0.8 -2.3 -10.6 -0.3
Career154658391307306141936141216612518.256.341.4359914.1-40.065.830.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1995 PCY AA SOU 104 421 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PCY AA SOU 134 577 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BOS MLB AL 1 1 .334 .392 .581 1.000 97 0.6 0.0 0 104 3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PAW AAA INT 0 74 .000 .000 .000 .226 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TAC AAA PCL 0 343 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BOS MLB AL 86 247 .266 .332 .418 .285 101 -5.1 6.7 4 83 12 2.1 -0.5 -4.5 0.8
1999 BOS MLB AL 144 544 .274 .344 .438 .285 97 5 15.2 10 98 10 11.1 -2.0 1.4 3.4
2000 BOS MLB AL 139 519 .273 .344 .442 .282 85 3.6 16.3 9.4 91 11 16.4 -2.5 -3.1 3.4
2001 BOS MLB AL 51 198 .268 .327 .424 .331 95 4.3 5.9 3.5 109 12 0.6 -1.9 3.2 1.1
2002 BOS MLB AL 132 519 .268 .334 .431 .312 97 -3.5 15.0 8.8 88 7 24.7 -5.8 -5.5 3.7
2003 BOS MLB AL 142 521 .268 .335 .428 .300 105 13 14.2 8.5 114 11 2.9 -3.5 10.8 3.3
2004 BOS MLB AL 137 536 .270 .335 .433 .372 111 10.1 16.0 9.3 114 8 8.2 -3.8 10.4 3.9
2005 BOS MLB AL 133 539 .265 .329 .420 .329 106 19.8 15.5 9.3 117 9 -3.7 -2.4 11.6 3.1
2006 BOS MLB AL 103 416 .273 .338 .433 .280 106 -8.9 12.5 7.5 93 9 11.9 -2.3 -2.0 2.7
2006 PAW AAA INT 2 7 .265 .357 .395 .667 98 1.3 0.2 0 95 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BOS MLB AL 131 518 .270 .339 .422 .313 102 8.3 15.4 9.2 107 8 15.3 -4.1 6.7 4.2
2008 BOS MLB AL 131 483 .263 .331 .413 .276 107 -16.1 14.0 8.4 80 9 -5.0 -4.9 -10.5 0.2
2009 BOS MLB AL 109 425 .264 .334 .428 .235 111 -8.5 12.2 7.4 90 8 -6.2 -2.6 -3.8 0.7
2010 BOS MLB AL 39 123 .266 .329 .431 .268 113 -2 3.4 2.1 101 14 -2.0 -1.4 0.3 0.2
2010 PAW AAA INT 2 6 .264 .326 .426 .500 86 0.5 0.2 0 98 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 BOS MLB AL 68 250 .255 .320 .407 .264 108 -2 6.7 4.1 96 12 -10.6 -2.3 -0.8 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1995 PCY AA SOU 421 352 42 79 14 2 10 127 44 61 126 0 1 .224 .340 .361 .136 3 3
1996 PCY AA SOU 577 503 63 132 34 1 12 204 67 66 93 7 6 .262 .353 .406 .143 0 0
1997 BOS MLB AL 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 0 0
1997 PAW AAA INT 74 66 6 13 5 0 1 21 5 8 12 0 0 .197 .284 .318 .121 0 0
1997 TAC AAA PCL 343 307 54 78 13 0 15 136 48 34 71 0 1 .254 .332 .443 .189 0 0
1998 BOS MLB AL 247 221 31 56 13 0 7 90 33 17 45 2 2 .253 .309 .407 .154 3 4
1999 BOS MLB AL 544 483 70 130 39 2 20 233 76 46 85 1 2 .269 .330 .482 .213 8 5
2000 BOS MLB AL 519 448 55 111 31 1 10 174 65 60 84 1 1 .248 .342 .388 .141 4 1
2001 BOS MLB AL 198 174 19 51 11 1 7 85 25 21 35 0 0 .293 .371 .489 .195 1 1
2002 BOS MLB AL 519 467 58 124 27 1 10 183 61 41 95 4 3 .266 .332 .392 .126 3 1
2003 BOS MLB AL 521 451 63 123 31 1 25 231 85 51 106 3 2 .273 .351 .512 .239 7 5
2004 BOS MLB AL 536 463 67 137 30 1 18 223 73 62 126 10 3 .296 .390 .482 .186 1 0
2005 BOS MLB AL 539 470 70 132 30 1 22 230 70 62 117 2 0 .281 .366 .489 .209 3 1
2006 PAW AAA INT 7 7 2 3 0 0 1 6 1 0 3 0 0 .429 .429 .857 .429 0 0
2006 BOS MLB AL 416 365 46 87 19 2 12 146 55 46 87 1 2 .238 .325 .400 .162 2 1
2007 BOS MLB AL 518 435 57 111 15 3 17 183 68 71 122 1 2 .255 .367 .421 .166 4 0
2008 BOS MLB AL 483 423 37 93 20 0 13 152 43 52 122 0 1 .220 .313 .359 .139 2 0
2009 BOS MLB AL 425 364 41 76 24 0 14 142 51 54 90 0 0 .209 .313 .390 .181 4 0
2010 PAW AAA INT 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .000 0 0
2010 BOS MLB AL 123 112 18 26 6 0 7 53 16 10 35 0 0 .232 .293 .473 .241 1 0
2011 BOS MLB AL 250 222 32 49 10 1 11 94 36 21 67 0 0 .221 .300 .423 .203 0 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1834 0.4787 0.4264 0.7494 0.6048 0.2626 0.8211 0.5976 0.2506 0.0023
2009 1575 0.4965 0.4368 0.7297 0.5921 0.2837 0.8056 0.5733 0.2703 -0.0071
2010 464 0.5345 0.4634 0.6977 0.6129 0.2917 0.7697 0.5238 0.3023 -0.0036
2011 1023 0.4868 0.4555 0.7039 0.6205 0.2990 0.7638 0.5860 0.2961 -0.0002
Career48960.49140.43930.72870.60480.27980.79930.58040.2713-0.0018

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-09-26 2011-09-29 DTD 3 3 Right Knee Contusion - -
2011-04-07 2011-04-10 DTD 3 3 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-07-01 2010-09-07 15-DL 68 59 Right Foot Fracture Foul Ball -
2010-05-08 2010-05-11 DTD 3 3 Left Forearm Contusion -
2009-08-18 2009-08-21 DTD 3 3 Neck Spasms -
2009-06-12 2009-06-12 DTD 0 0 Neck Tightness -
2008-06-12 2008-06-15 DTD 3 3 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2008-04-20 2008-04-25 DTD 5 5 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-07-15 2007-07-16 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2006-08-01 2006-09-03 15-DL 33 32 Left Knee Surgery Cartilage 2006-08-03
2004-07-25 2004-07-26 DTD 1 1 Wrist Soreness -
2001-06-08 2001-10-07 60-DL 121 103 Right Elbow Surgery Fractured Radial Head 2001-06-12
2000-10-26 2000-10-26 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery 2000-10-26 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 BOS $2,000,000
2010 BOS $3,000,000
2009 BOS $5,000,000
2008 BOS $10,000,000
2007 BOS $10,000,000
2006 BOS $10,000,000
2005 BOS $10,000,000
2004 BOS $6,700,000
2003 BOS $4,700,000
2002 BOS $3,500,000
2001 BOS $1,800,000
2000 BOS $375,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$67,075,000
12 yrTotal$67,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 20 dScott Boras

Details
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$5M (2009), plus 2010 mutual option. Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 1/30/09. 09:$5M, 10:$5M club option or $3M player option. If Varitek exercises 2010 player option, he may earn $2M in performance bonus ($0.4M each for 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 games). Boston declined $5M 2010 club option 11/9/09.
  • 4 years/$40M (2005-08). $4M signing bonus. 05-08:$9M/year.
  • 3 years/$14.9M (2002-04). 02:$3.5M, 03:$4.7M, 04:$6.7M. Performance bonuses: $0.3M for averaging 125 starts and 500 PAs.
  • Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 7/97.
  • Drafted by Seattle 1994 (1-14) (Georgia Tech).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 At this point, Varitek's greatest strength is his ability to handle a pitching staff. He split playing time with Jarrod Saltalamacchia about 60/40 this year, but with far less success overall, as he was nearly an automatic out against right-handed pitchers. He also threw out just 14 percent of runners, allowing 73 of 88 baserunners to steal–and Varitek wasn't the one catching Tim Wakefield's slow floater, either. It has been a good run for Varitek, a career .256/.341/.435 catcher with a highly-regarded defensive past despite some of the present problems, but it might be the end for this 40-year-old.
2011 Boston's captain alternated between awful and awesome, striking out 35 times in 123 plate appearances with a sub-.300 OBP while also knocking seven balls over the fence. Like every other Sox starting catcher, Varitek got hurt and didn't return until Victor Martinez was already back and the Sox were all but mathematically eliminated. Considering Varitek has hit .187/.259/.354 since Boston acquired Martinez and has thrown out fewer than 19 percent of potential base thieves in the past two years, don't expect him to have much impact outside of a mentoring or clubhouse role.
2010 Varitek has hit an aggregate .222/.316/.382 in three of the last four seasons. Last year he added an inability to catch opposing basestealers, throwing out just 13 percent of them (against a league average of 25 percent). It was no surprise that the Sox declined his $5 million club option, or that he picked up his $3 million player option. As a result, he’ll be the backup catcher this season, most likely serving as Josh Beckett's caddy and catching games against the odd lefty starter, as his last remaining positive at the plate seems to be some power from the right side.
2009 The slow-swinged shadow of his former self hit .201/.293/.323 against right-handers, suggesting that he should either stick to batting right-handed or take up the short end of a catching platoon, perhaps the perfect way to transition into the role of player-coach or player-manager. Agent Scott Boras has stated that neither of those options is in Varitek's plans, though, as he intends to catch full-time for somebody. Taken with Boras' initial demand that Varitek reel in a contract like Jorge Posada's current four-year, $52.4 million deal, these considerations have ensured that for Tek the news wire is filled with the sounds of crickets rather than ongoing negotiations.
2008 The four-year extension he received after 2004 has worked out reasonably well, with Varitek having had two good years and one poor one thus far. Having a better backup to take 15 to 20 more starts from him would help, as he's worn down in his last two full seasons. The mileage is definitely taking a toll on his power, which may not bounce back without more time off.
2007 Awash in their championship afterglow, the Sox signed Varitek to a four-year, $40-million contract knowing they`d be paying for his decline; they just didn`t expect it to start in Year Two of the deal. Varitek never got on track in 2006. His .243/.331/.411 line through July 31 would have been his worst since 2002, but a torn medial meniscus gave `worst` a whole new meaning. In the captain`s absence, the team went 10-23, plunging out of the playoff picture with the grace of a Boomer Wells cannonball. Upon returning, Varitek struck out an alarming 29 times in 61 AB, suggesting he still wasn`t right. He`ll have the winter to recuperate, but the Sox must reckon with owning a 35-year-old catcher whose body is no longer under warranty.
2006 After signing a seemingly ill-considered four-year, $40 million dollar contract, Varitek went out and easily justified the first year of the deal. Of course, it was never the first year, nor the second, that was going to be the problem; it`s still probable that the Sox felt that the only way to secure two good years of Varitek was to also pay for the two bad ones that were likely to come after. Now sporting an NHL-style "C" on his uniform, Jason is four months younger than Ivan Rodriguez and eight months younger than Jorge Posada, but he`s played hundreds fewer major league games than both, thanks in large part to Scott Boras` tough negotiating tactics. Those tactics may have cost Varitek money at the time, but could add some length to his career.
2005 Following up his impressive 2003 campaign with an equally productive 2004, Varitek has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the game. He established a new career high in OBP, continued to hit for power, and hasn't yet shown the inevitable wear and tear common among backstops. Still, the history of catchers entering their mid-30s is littered with disappointments. The Sox gave him $40 million through age 36, a political signing if ever there was one.
2004 Varitek's great season was not a fluke-he was having a similar one in 2001 until he broke his elbow, and it took him a year and a half to fully recover. He and his hefty 2001-era contract (three years/$14.9 million) could have been had cheaply all last winter, but the Red Sox got their money's worth out of their #9 hitter. With his contract expiring at the end of 2004, and with the popular backstop approaching his mid-30s, a lot of people are already handing Shoppach the 2005 catcher's job.
2003 Like Nixon, Varitek achieved new heights in 2001. Unfortunately, Varitek also shared in the disappointment of 2002, as he hit .209 with only 2 HR in August and September. Varitek has a strong defensive reputation, but he’s already 30, and at this point is unlikely to ever develop into an offensive star. However, he is set to earn $4.7 million in 2003 and $6.7 million in 2004. If Kelly Shoppach continues to progress in the minors, the Red Sox should consider shopping Varitek at the trading deadline, before the shine comes entirely off.
2002 Varitek’s broken elbow was a cruel addition to the injury brigade, and one that hurt about as much as Garciaparra’s injury did. Varitek was off to a great start, one that had him in the top tier of AL catchers, when he went down, and despite the plethora of free catching talent available in 2001, the Sox ended up giving most of the playing time to Scott Hatteberg, who couldn’t hit the windshield if the bus stopped short. Varitek is expected to be 100 percent by spring training, and both he and the Sox need a big season from him.
2001 Although Jason Varitek’s season appears to be a disappointment, rumors abound that he was playing with a sore right hand and wrist that affected his swing and robbed him of most of his power. If he is healed by April, he's in line for a breakthrough year at the plate and a big raise after the season.
2000 Varitek took advantage of Hatteberg's injury to become the second-best offensive catcher in the AL. He hit equally well from both sides of the plate last year and is good defensively--his high passed-ball total comes from catching Tim Wakefield's knuckler. The deal that brought Varitek and Derek Lowe to Boston for Heathcliff Slocumb is starting to look like Jeff Bagwell for Larry Andersen in reverse.
1999 Now that he's spent a year in the majors, he's no longer known as the former Scott Boras holdout. Went to Lake Brantley High School in Florida, my alma mater.
1998 Who’s laughing now? The Twins, probably. The Phillies should keep mentioning Varitek’s name in the J.D. Drew negotiations. The Hatteberg/Leyritz platoon will probably be more productive than Varitek in 1998. If he has a good season, he might be worth taking a shot on in 1999 for his Age 27 year.
1997 The next time a team drafts a player represented by Scott Boras and the negotiations get tough, they should put the kid in touch with Varitek. Boras’ hard-line tactics turned away the Twins, who drafted him as a junior, and when the Mariners drafted him the following year, he insisted on marquee money. As a senior Varitek had no leverage, and held out until the following March. He eventually got $650,000, about average money for a late first-round pick, but lost about two years of development. His second season with a wood bat was discouragingly like his first, not what anyone expected from one of the greatest catchers in collegiate history. He’ll probably take a step forward this year, but he’s 25, and his star potential is almost gone.
1996  Introduced himself to the Mariners with a vicious contract dispute. Appears to be a very bright young man, and he's certainly impressive with the glove. I expect he'll hit better than indicated above, after the dreaded "Wooden Bat Adjustment." The Mariners may have more good prospects up the middle than any team in recent memory. Will have to be at least 30 before he's in Lou Piniella's comfort zone, no doubt.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Don't you feel like Cashman is going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat pretty soon too? There is a LOT of offense he is going to have to replace, maybe as soon as next season.
(Adam from NY)
One reason why they need to get creative about working Jesus Montero into the lineup next season and not blocking him off with a veteran DH. Folks assume that Jorge Posada will be the primary DH next year, but (A) I don't think he will hit enough to carry the position, at least not in style, (B) if the replacement is a so-called catch-and-throw guy like Cervelli (who wasn't, at least not this year) or, say, re-signing Jose Molina (I have a bad feeling about that), the loss of offense from behind the plate is going to be a bleeding wound that can't be staunched. The best answer might be a Posada-Montero catcher-DH job share and carry Cervelli as your third catcher. You live with the crappy defense like the Red Sox have lived with it with Martinez and Jason Varitek. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is this person dressed up like Jason Varitek, and what have they done with the real one?
(YD from Philly)
It's the same Jason Varitek from the beginning of 2009. Don't worry, his shelf-life is limited. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give me a reason to think the Red Sox can still make the playoffs other than "its early". Thanks for the chat!
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Well, there's the fact that they basically make the playoffs every year, and that if Jason Varitek sustains this pace, he will have 150 hits, 134 of which will be either doubles or home runs. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Red Sox are a pretty smart organization. I would expect a smart organization to not play Jason Varitek at all when they have Victor Martinez. Will I be disappointed?
(akachazz from DC)
I think the lineup they started last night is what we'll see next week, with J.D. Drew in right field instead of...Gathright or Reddick, I forget who started. Martinez catches and bats third. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-14 16:30:00 (link to chat)Scott Boras: good for baseball or bad for baseball?
(Vic from West Chester, PA)
It's tough to say whether he is good for baseball or bad for baseball. I don't think he's necessarily all that good for his clients though. He has a lot of money, and can afford to be much riskier with other people's money. By giving himself the credibility as a tough negotiator, he puts his current clients at risk of getting little money so that he can extract more money from teams down the line. Take the J.D. Drew thing as an example. J.D. Drew was major-league ready when the Phillies drafted him, but he waited a year without signing with Phillies to sign with the Cardinals for only a small amount more the following year. That extra money cost Drew a year of free agent salaries because he was major league ready and he probably lost him ten times what he gained in the process. Drew probably didn't want to play with the Phillies, but there are plenty of examples (Kyle Lohse, I think Jason Varitek) where Boras takes a hard stance that works a lot and fails occasionally, and it's not necessarily wise to be that risky if you're not already rich. (Matt Swartz)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Marc. I kept Iannetta in a 12 team mixed league, and somehow, I'm in the playoffs despite him. With 19 MLB and up to 10 MiLB keepers per team, could or should I safely pitch Iannetta aside to try to get a starting C for the playoffs, or is that just too short sighted? I could take Inge or a retread like that, or I could try a Flowers or lesser prospect out to try to catch lighning in a bottle. Is Iannetta still likely to be a top 12 fantasy C next season?
(Johnny Tuttle from Battle Creek, Michigan)
Catcher is such a terrible position for offense that it's very easy to be a top 12 catcher. A few weeks ago I wrote about the position, and Jason Varitek was even in the top 12. Iannetta has a very low BABIP, and it killed his batting average, but he's still displaying a ton of power just like in 2008. I wouldn't get rid of him, considering how little value there is at catcher. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who sees the most bench from V-Mart entering the Sox lineup? Simply Varitek? Or is Ortiz/LaRoche taking more of a hit?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Well, if they were Strat cards, you'd sit Ortiz and play everyone else. They traded LaRoche for Kotchman, so I'm guess we see Martinez at first base about 2/3 of the time, behind the plate the rest, and Kotchman's here to play defense. The LaRoche trade really feels like running away from the problem of having so many guys better than Ortiz--they still do, now, but it's less obvious. I can't understand why the team with Kevin Youkilis trades for a d-rep at first base, when there are other ways to use the roster spot. Odd deal.

Overall, this makes the Sox better. It would have looked better a year ago, when Jason Varitek looked done, than it does now with him playing well. It would also look better if they played all their best players, and benched the 740 OPS DH. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I love Jason Varitek. He's been one of my favorite players on the Sox for years. That said - is it a bad thing I was really hoping he'd sign elsewhere so the Sox would get the compensation pick(s)? And is it worse, when it became obvious no one else was going to sign him before June, I was hoping he'd sit it out until after June to sign? That should tell you just how little I look forward to seeing him "bat" next year...
(Ryan V. from San Jose, CA)
I would say it's a bad thing, except it mirrors most of my winter ramblings on the subject. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's going to happen with Juan Cruz and Jason Varitek? Would anybody in their right mind give up a first round pick for either one of these guys? Or a second round pick, for those teams in the first half of the round?
(russadams from White Bear Lake, MN)
I think that Varitek and the Sox will find a way to kiss and make up because the player has absolutely zero leverage at the moment and the Sox appear to be postponing finding a viable alternative behind the plate until he signs elsewhere, which doesn't appear likely to happen.

As for Cruz, I think it's more likely that a team who wouldn't lose a first-rounder, as you say, would be one who'd be willing to make the move. Wouldn't surprise me if that winds up being the Nationals, who have some work to do on their bullpen after losing both Cordero and Rauch last year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)The FA list form mlbtraderumors: Catchers Rod Barajas (33) - $2.5MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout Michael Barrett (32) Henry Blanco (37) - $3MM mutual option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout Johnny Estrada (33) Toby Hall (33) - $2.25MM club option for '09 with a $0.15MM buyout Jason LaRue (35) Paul Lo Duca (37) Miguel Olivo (30) - $2.7MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout Mike Redmond (38) - $0.95MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout Ivan Rodriguez (37) David Ross (32) Jason Varitek (37) Gregg Zaun (38)
(Josh from MA)
That's um...ugly. And depressing, if you're a Sox fan, or a fan of anyone else without a quality catcher. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveKG, just to present the other side, it bugs the hell out of me. It's obstruction, blatant and dangerous, and it should be called that way. Or you get Jason Varitek tripping Eric Byrnes and getting rewarded for it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSOne of the things that doesn't get enough play is the way Matsuzaka changes speeds and eye level. It's very complex how he pitches and it's a credit to Jason Varitek. If I'm the Red Sox, I offer him one of those Wakefield deals. (Will Carroll)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1997 mlb -.001 0.0 1 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 mlb .005 2.7 2128 .002 -1.1 62 .006 .010 -0.2 1.4 2.1
1999 mlb .010 14.1 5658 .000 -0.5 150 .027 .004 -2.8 10.8 11.1
2000 mlb .013 18.2 4937 -.001 1.0 127 .028 .011 -2.4 16.1 16.4
2001 mlb -.001 -0.4 2116 -.001 0.4 62 .008 .002 -0.3 -0.3 0.6
2002 mlb .018 22.7 4927 -.002 2.0 102 .013 .000 -0.8 23.9 24.7
2003 mlb .003 3.5 4972 .000 0.6 79 .007 .002 -0.4 4.1 2.9
2004 mlb .006 7.5 5138 -.002 2.8 86 .019 .000 -0.9 9.6 8.2
2005 mlb -.001 -0.7 5463 .000 -0.2 80 .033 .000 -1.7 -3.5 -3.7
2006 mlb .012 12.6 4077 -.001 0.9 52 .027 -.010 -0.4 12.3 11.9
2006 aaa .001 0.0 17 .000 0.0 1 .008 .001 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 mlb .013 17.5 5089 -.001 2.2 74 .020 -.004 -1.1 17.7 15.3
2008 mlb -.004 -4.0 4891 -.002 2.5 64 .029 -.007 -1.1 -3.6 -5.0
2009 mlb -.004 -4.0 4898 -.002 3.3 105 .073 .004 -4.7 -6.1 -6.2
2010 mlb -.007 -2.1 1344 -.004 1.4 38 .016 .004 -0.4 -1.4 -2.0
2010 aaa .000 0.0 28 .000 0.0 1 -.003 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 mlb -.020 -11.3 2821 .000 -0.3 79 .000 .010 0.0 -11.6 -10.6

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