Varitek and his agent, Scott Boras, initially wanted a four-year deal worth $40 million, similar to the deal Varitek just completed. In 2008, Varitek was the league’s third-highest paid catcher, behind Jorge Posada and Ivan Rodriguez of the Yankees.
As the offseason has worn on, however, no other team has seemed interested in signing the 36-year-old Varitek to a long-term deal, and it is thought that Varitek and the Red Sox are now discussing a shorter contract.
So, yeah, if that happens, that would kind of suck for those of us who were hoping to see a deal with Boston go down.
On the other hand, it would put a stop to the incessant argument about who has all the leverage in these trade talks.
I could just see it...Jon Daniels getting the call telling him Boston isn't interested in a catcher anymore because they re-upped Varitek on a two year deal, and pulling a George Costanza: "But I have hand!"