Linkage: First offer to Varitek, Sox getting serious about Tex?
November 24, 2008 4 Comments
Rob Bradford at WEEI.com says that the Sox have tendered a one-year offer to Jason Varitek that is not the kind of money agent Scott Boras had in mind. They certainly won’t take this deal, but I’m beginning to wonder if Tek has that many other options out there.
The Red Sox have thrown their hat in the ring with the Braves and Mariners, offering a $6M contract to 22-year old pitcher Junichi Tazawa. NPB Tracker says that Tazawa has already made up his mind to join the Red Sox, after being wooed by Craig Shipley for two years!
The rumors surrounding Mark Teixeira continue to grow. John Perotto at Baseball Prospectus says that he’s heard that Boston is prepared to outbid everyone for Big Tex, up to $200M. That would be shocking, making him the highest-paid player in Red Sox history. Perotto also says that the Sox are only mildly interested in A.J. Burnett.
This isn’t the first time that Jacoby Ellsbury has been compared with Johnny Damon. I think it’s pretty clear that he won’t have the power Damon had, so I wonder if his career won’t look more like Carl Crawford.