Via Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald -
Even though [Jason] Varitek’s agent, Scott Boras, said at the GM meetings two weeks ago that Jorge Posada’s four-year, $52.4 million contract should, as a gauge of Varitek’s worth, be considered “probably representative age-wise and it’s also representative of what a player on a winning team – for very different reasons, obviously – can do,” word is that Boras is not asking for a Posada deal.
A $50 million contract worth some $13 million a year is not in the offing for Varitek. It should require something closer to a two- to four-year deal worth $10-11 million a year to sign Varitek. He is coming off a four-year, $40 million deal.
Teams expected to be in on the bidding include the Tigers and Angels. Do not dismiss the chances of the Yankees going after Varitek as doubt remains about whether Posada’s shoulder, surgically repaired last season, will allow him to catch in 2009. . . .
Pull-ease. If Posada can’t go, I’d rather see the Yankees hand the job to Francisco Cervelli than spend a dime on Varitek. Really…