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Jason Varitek Files for Free Agency

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.

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  1. [...] Jason Varitek filed for free agency last Thursday. It’s not time to panic yet, and the Red Sox still have 15 days of exclusive negotiating rights with their captain. But, is it time for Jason Varitek to go? After a very difficult season offensively, should Varitek seek employment elsewhere? Or…should the Red Sox still pursue Tek due to the dearth of alternative¬†options available. [...]

    Posted by Should the Red Sox Sign Jason Varitek? | Sports of Boston | November 4, 2008, 3:33 am

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