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Varitek, Sox agree to foundation of a deal

01.30.09 at 3:23 pm ET

According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox and Jason Varitek have agreed to the foundation of a deal which will pay the catcher a guaranteed $5 million for 2009, while allowing for a $5 million team option or a $3 million player option for 2010. Boston.com is also reporting that Varitek can earn up to $2 million in incentives in ’10. The deal is unofficial until Varitek has a physical next week. 

SI.com was the first to report the preliminary agreement.

Much more later, but until then I give you two of our bloggers viewpoint on the matter, Gary from Chapel Hill and Curt Schilling, presenting the pros and cons of bringing the captain back.

Stats Scott Boras Didn’t Want the Red Sox To See

The Merits of Jason Varitek

And, for more Varitek, see Alex Speier’s story on why the Sox didn’t have a suitable replacement in the minors when this saga came around.

Here is the AP story

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