Links: Varitek decision looms, injured pitcher value

Well, it looks like we’ll know who will be our starting catcher in 2009 by tomorrow. The deadline is tomorrow morning for Tek to accept or reject the Sox’ one-year, $5M offer with a $5M team option or $3M player option for 2010. It looks like a 50/50 chance right now, with the retirement option still out there. Michael Silverman doesn’t think we need to panic even if he opts not to sign.

Lyflines plays with some numbers and questions whether Varitek really is valuable to our pitching staff.

Mark Kotsay talks about the current free agent market, and is glad he’s off it.

Why is signing injured pitchers such as Brad Penny and John Smoltz such a good idea? Eric Seidman gives us his explanation.

Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus gives us his top 11 Red Sox prospects. David Laurila does a Q&A with 2008 pick Casey Kelly.

Lars Anderson is not worried by the logjam ahead of him at the Major League level, and he needn’t be.


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