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Jason Varitek

42-Year-Old Catcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 230   DOB: 4/11/1972   BORN: Rochester, MI   COLLEGE: Georgia Tech   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Became a free agent in Nov. 2011.

February 27, 2012  –  Jason Varitek News

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Varitek will announce his retirement Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.

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Jason Varitek Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 33 MAJ BOS 133 539 470 70 132 53 30 1 22 70 2 0 62 117 1 3 3 .281 .366 .489 .856
2006 34 AAA PAW 2 7 7 2 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .429 .429 .857 1.286
2006 34 MAJ BOS 103 416 365 46 87 33 19 2 12 55 1 2 46 87 1 2 2 .238 .325 .400 .725
2007 35 MAJ BOS 131 518 435 57 111 35 15 3 17 68 1 2 71 122 0 4 8 .255 .367 .421 .787
2008 36 MAJ BOS 131 483 423 37 93 33 20 0 13 43 0 1 52 122 0 2 6 .220 .313 .359 .672
2009 37 MAJ BOS 109 425 364 41 76 38 24 0 14 51 0 0 54 90 0 4 3 .209 .313 .390 .703
2010 38 AAA PAW 2 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .400 .333 .400 .733
2010 38 MAJ BOS 39 123 112 18 26 13 6 0 7 16 0 0 10 35 0 1 0 .232 .293 .473 .766
2011 39 MAJ BOS 68 250 222 32 49 22 10 1 11 36 0 0 21 67 3 0 4 .221 .300 .423 .723
3-Year Averages     68 250 222 32 49 22 10 1 11 36 0 0 21 67 3 0 4 .221 .300 .423 .723
Career  (View All)     1546 5,839 5,099 664 1,307 513 306 14 193 757 25 18 614 1,216 22 43 61 .256 .342 .435 .777

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Jason Varitek: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2011 68
2010 39
2009 108

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Jason Varitek Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 33 MAJ BOS 539 470 11.5% 21.7% 0.53 75% .332 .208
2006 34 AAA PAW 7 7 0% 42.9% 0.00 57% .667 .428
2006 34 MAJ BOS 416 365 11.1% 20.9% 0.53 76% .282 .162
2007 35 MAJ BOS 518 435 13.7% 23.6% 0.58 72% .318 .166
2008 36 MAJ BOS 483 423 10.8% 25.3% 0.43 71% .278 .139
2009 37 MAJ BOS 425 364 12.7% 21.2% 0.60 75% .238 .181
2010 38 AAA PAW 6 5 0% 16.7% 0.00 80% .500 .000
2010 38 MAJ BOS 123 112 8.1% 28.5% 0.29 69% .271 .241
2011 39 MAJ BOS 250 222 8.4% 26.8% 0.31 70% .264 .202
3-Year Averages     250 222 8.4% 26.8% 0.31 70% .264 .202
Career     5,839 5,099 10.5% 20.8% 0.50 76% .302 .179

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Jason Varitek: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Varitek is believed to be leaning toward retirement, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

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The Red Sox will offer Varitek an invitation to training camp as a non-roster invitee, the Boston Globe reports.

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The Red Sox did not offer arbitration to Varitek last week, WEEI.com reports.

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Varitek (knee) is unsure if he'll be available to play Tuesday night, the Boston Herald reports.

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Varitek (knee) was scratched from Monday's starting lineup, MLB.com reports.

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Varitek is in the lineup Monday despite a sore knee, the result of getting hit by a pitch a day earlier, ESPN Boston reports.

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Varitek left the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with a sore right knee, the Boston Globe reports. He was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and left the game in the seventh.

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2014

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2012

Varitek assumed a bigger role than expected of him in 2011, but tailed off noticeably in the second half of the season. That's a pattern we've seen from him the last few seasons. At this stage, all of his value is tied up in his product knowledge of the Red Sox. Because he's so familiar with Boston's starters and key relievers, there was some incentive to having him around in a backup role, but after the late-season collapse, which seemed to center on a leaderless clubhouse with questionable behavior from the starting staff, the Red Sox chose not to bring him back and Varitek announced his retirement in February.

2011

Varitek signed a one-year deal with Boston, giving them a backup catcher with great knowledge of American League hitters, a familiarity with the team's starting rotation, and one of the position's better game-callers and handler of pitchers. Unfortunately, he's at the age when catchers rarely play more than 40-50 games in a season. At this time, the Red Sox will go into the season with Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the No. 1 catcher, but Boston will be in trouble if he doesn't pan out. Expect the Red Sox to add a third and possibly a fourth catcher to compete for the job. Varitek proved to be a more efficient offensive producer in 2010, playing in a backup role, but the bat tends to go south the longer the season wears on.

2010

Varitek exercised a player option for 2010 and returns to Boston, though not as the starting catcher. Victor Martinez has surpassed Varitek, whose hitting woes became too much for the Red Sox to endure in the lineup every day. He's still a top-notch game-caller with a good baseball mind and great knowledge of American League hitters. That will make him much more like a coach than a player this season.

2009

Varitek re-signed with Boston after hitting a career-low .220 in 2008. The Red Sox are clearly looking for their next backstop, but bought themselves another year (or two, with mutual option for 2010) to locate their future catcher. However, Varitek returns as the No. 1 man behind the plate. Despite the declining bat, he's praised by every pitcher that comes through Boston for his game-calling and knowledge of hitters. There's real-world value to those skills that makes Varitek important to Boston's current pitching staff. Fantasy players essentially have to ask themselves if Varitek's double-digit homers are worth the 425-plus at-bats of potentially category-busting average.

2008

While Varitek was healthier and a better hitter in 2007 than he was in 2006, he still remains an overrated fantasy catcher. Varitek's .255 average in 2007, while still poor, represented an uptick from his horrid .238 mark in 2006. His power numbers (17 HR, 68 RBI) were quite good for a catcher, but were offset a bit by a relatively low OPS (.788). Varitek turns 36, which is when catchers tend to go bad. Varitek still has a bit of power, but he's nearing the end of a fine career.

2007

Varitek has always been underrated in the fantasy world, since his main contributions to the Red Sox don't show up in any statistical category. However, 2006 marked the worst year of his career in all aspects. He posted career lows in nearly every statistical category while missing significant time with a left knee injury. His .325 OBP was nearly .25 lower than his career average, and his .725 OPS was .130 lower than his 2005 mark. His .238 batting average in 2006 was more than 30 points lower than his career average as well. The good news is that Varitek's terrible 2006 probably won't be repeated in 2007 because he seems to have fully recovered from his knee injury. However, given that he's a 34-year-old catcher, don't expect him to top .800 OPS or break a .350 OBP.

2006

The Red Sox starting catcher gets praise from every pitcher that comes through Boston. He's one of the game's better offensive catchers and stays fresh by getting every fifth day off (Varitek rarely catches knuckleballer Tim Wakefield). He'll be 34 this April, so getting a regular day off helps -- he's averaged 22 homers over the past three years (age 31-33). Still, his advancing age raises concerns about a power drop off. Whether that happens or not, the Red Sox captain is vital to the team's pitchers and will get his 450 at-bats.

2005

Although he'll be 33 when the 2005 season begins, Varitek is one of a handful of catchers that can do it with the glove and the stick. You should keep in mind he's just a .271 career hitter and much of his market value is attributed to his handling of Boston's pitching staff. Expect the Boston captain to play 130-plus games behind the plate.

2004

Varitek posted solid numbers in 2003 and has become one of the game's top five catchers. And at the right time, too, as he is in the final year of his contract. He's in the middle of a very potent lineup, so there's no reason to expect a drop off in his production. Varitek was one of several players to emerge with a leadership role in Boston and could find himself extended for a couple of years.

2003

Varitek, 30, came back from elbow surgery in 2002 and played in 132 games. He hit .266 with 10 homers, 27 doubles and 61 RBI. He'll provide consistent, if unspectacular, production from the bottom third of the order. Under Varitek's handling, the Sox were seventh in the league in ERA, so he'll play often. He shouldn't cost too much and he won't kill your stats.