Boras: Varitek seeking five years, no trade
Jason Varitek's agent told WEEI Sports Radio this morning that the free agent Red Sox catcher wants a five-year contract with a no-trade clause -- terms the Sox are unlikely to offer.
The Boston Globes Gordon Edes reported on Oct. 30 that Varitek was seeking a five-year deal in the vicinity of $50 million and that the Red Sox's offer was believed to be for $24 million over three years. Boras confirmed today that the catcher is also seeking a no-trade provision.
Varitek recently finished a three-year, $14.9 million contract he signed with Boston in 2001.
"He actually gave Boston one of his free agent years, signed a contract there that was, I think, very club oriented, and he's been very loyal to the Red Sox, Boras said. When he became a free agent, this is the time in his career when he has to concern himself with his family."
Any no-trade the Sox agree upon with any player automatically triggers one for Manny Ramirez under terms laid out in his eight-year, $160 million deal. That is an unlikely scenario, considering the Sox are still on the hook for four more years of the Ramirez contract (plus two option years) at an average of $19.25 million per year.
Varitek is widely considered the leader of the 2004 World Series champions, and the anchor of the teams pitching staff. He hit .296 with 18 home runs and 73 RBIs this past season. In the postseason, he hit three home runs and drove in 11.
"He merely wants the quid pro quo of where his standing is among catchers in the game, Boras said. Certainly I don't think anyone's going to argue that Jason Varitek tops that list.