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Jason Varitek

Wired: 2/27/12
Category: Retired
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Springfield, MA
News:Varitek is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. The switch-hitting catcher, who will turn 40 in April, won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox and calls it a career with a .256/.341/.435 line with 193 HR and 757 RBI.
Spin:
The expectation all winter has been that Varitek would hang them up if the Red Sox didn't find room for him, so this isn't much of a surprise. Varitek was still displaying above average power for a backstop, but his overall production has dropped off significantly since about 2006 - with one last hurrah in 2007. Varitek was still very popular in Beantown, but the Red Sox simply didn't have room for a guy who is a zero with the glove and below average with the bat at this point in his career. Congrats to Varitek on a fine career.
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