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It’s not time to panic yet, but Sox captain Jason Varitek filed for free agency on Thursday. Tek’s not alone, as infielder Alex Cora also filed for free agency. The Red Sox have exclusive negotiating rights with both players for the next 15 days.
In the past, the Red Sox have not offered long-term deals to players over 36 years old, and Varitek will turn 37 during next season. It’s hard to argue the tremendous contribution that Tek has made over the years, and his effect is still felt with his handling of the pitching staff.
Other big names around Major League Baseball also filed for free agency, including Mark Tiexeira, Manny Ramirez, and Ben Sheets.