Varitek - a package deal?
- From: jvampatella@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 06:46:11 -0800 (PST)
"It is in these pre-free agency stages when Scott Boras sets the tone,
digging in and stating his position on clients in no uncertain terms.
Yesterday Boras did just that at the general managers meetings in
regard to Jason Varitek, whom most baseball people view as a player on
an offensive decline at age 36. Not Boras. In fact, he and the Red Sox
will be as far apart in their views as San Diego and Bangor. Boras is
eyeing Yankee catcher Jorge Posada's four-year, $52.4 year deal as a
benchmark for Varitek. Sox general manager Theo Epstein, apprised of
Boras's opinion, had no official comment, but his facial reaction
wasn't that of a man who was in agreement. Epstein and Boras have had
preliminary talks on Varitek, but by tomorrow the Sox likely will
receive the "book" that Boras and his staff compile on each of their
clients. Epstein has a meeting planned with Boras today and said they
would be discussing a full slate of Boras clients currently with the
Sox. Whether they wind up keeping Varitek is hard to gauge."
A couple of things. First, I hope to God that Boston doesn't sign
Varitek to a deal remotely in the same universe as what the Yanks gave
Second, I'm sure the Sox are talking with Boras about Teixeira (among
others). So I wonder if Boras tries to swing a package deal. Ok,
look, I'll try to convince Tex to come to Boston (for whatever the Sox
offer), but in exchange, you have to overpay on Varitek and give him 3
years at $9 million per year. (or something like that)
He's nothing if not a creative agent...I wonder if he'll try to pull
something like that off.