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Captain Jason Varitek has decided to stay with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox had offered Varitek two deals. Varitek could have accepted a one-year deal worth $5 million, but opted for the next offer. He reportedly signed that same one-year deal with a dual option for 2010: a team option for $5 million, or a player option for $3 million.
The deadline was instituted by the Red Sox because Spring Training is around the corner and the Sox needed to know where Varitek stood.
Earlier in the offseason, Varitek turned down an arbitration offer that would’ve been worth about $11 million, presumably at the advice of super agent Scott Boras. With no one else seemingly interested in the Sox catcher, Varitek reportedly was thinking of sitting out the entire 2009 season while waiting for a better offer.
Or, as the Boston Globe reported, Varitek was thinking retirment. He did not retire and will now be in Boston for the next two years. What will be his role?