Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has re-signed the contract with the team, which will keep him in Boston for at least a year. Varitek will be earning $5m for the 2009 season and would later decide on a $3m player option for the following year.
“Varitek, the popular Red Sox captain who is often praised for his game-calling and intangibles but is coming off by far his worst offensive season, came to terms on a one-year contract with a mutual second-year option, Red Sox officials confirmed this afternoon.”
In case, the Red Sox don’t pick up their $5m team option for 2010, Jason can go for his option and will be given a chance to add another $2m to it on the basis of performance.
The deal finally went through after Varitek applied for free agency on October 31st and prolonged discussions followed. The catcher, who batted .220 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in the 2008 regular season, will play in his 13th season with the team. He and his agent had earlier rejected an offer of arbitration by the Red Sox.
Jason is a three time All-Star selection and is the only player in the world to have played in the Little League World Series, the College World Series, the Major League World Series and the Olympics. He was named the Captain of the Red Sox in 2004.