Red Sox and Jason Varitek reach new deal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Friday Jan. 30, 2009

BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox and catcher Jason Varitek are close to a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that would guarantee the captain $8 million, a person familiar with the talks said.

Varitek would get $5 million this season and have a $3 million player option for 2010, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were not yet final. The Red Sox would have a $5 million team option for 2010.

The sides were still working to finalize additional performance bonus provisions. Varitek must take a physical before the agreement is completed.

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