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No answer yet from Varitek

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 10, 2009 05:44 PM

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Theo Epstein said the Red Sox have not yet received word whether Jason Varitek will exercise his $3 million option for 2010.

The deadline is tomorrow.

Epstein will meet with Scott Boras this evening, so perhaps an answer will be procured then. Boras could certainly try to re-negotiate that option, as the incentives were based on playing time that may not be there. But the Sox could stick to their guns and probably save a few bucks by signing somebody else to back up Victor Martinez.

In other words: Stay tuned. This one is not over yet.

A few other tidbits:

Daisuke Matsuzaka will return to the United States early to embark on a conditioning program, likely at one of the facilities in Arizona. The "you better show up in good shape" dictum issued after the season appears to have been taken to heart.

The Sox love their new Cuban shortstop, Jose Iglesias. Epstein said that as they search for a shortstop for this season, it's with the knowledge that Iglesias is the shortstop of the future.

Epstein hopes to get to the Arizona Fall League to see him play.

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