Jason Varitek update

Rob Bradford
December 08, 2008 - 7:30 am

LAS VEGAS -- WEEI.com's Lou Merloni talked to a source close to the situation in regards to the status of free agent Jason Varitek and was told that the catcher is hoping to still garner a multi-year contract from a team which would want to the 36-year-old to serve as their starter. The source did say, however, the right now the market for Varitek is slow. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said during a press conference announcing the Tigers' acquisition of Gerald Laird that Varitek was on his team's "radar" but when Varitek was offered arbitration by the Red Sox it "probably put a dent in any pursuit we would have had at that point given the situation we would have had to given up a high-ranking draft pick for us next year, which would have been a No. 2 pick." Dombrowski also said he asked the Rangers about Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden, but the talks became focused on Laird when Dombrowski concluded Texas was more reluctant to trade the two younger catchers.