Jason Varitek 'close' to job with Red Sox, likely as special assistant to GM

Wednesday September 26th, 2012

Jason Varitek Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek may be joining the team as a special assistant to the GM. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is "close" to reaching an agreement with the team about a new job, according to a report from ESPNBoston:

"We're working on it," he said. "We're close to having something. I'll be involved."

When Varitek announced his retirement in March, it was expected that he would stay with the organization in some capacity. However, it doesn't look like that position will be as Bobby Valentine's replacement. When asked about his interest in managing, Veritek responded:

"Why are you asking me that?" Varitek said. "You think I'm going to answer that question right now? I'm not going to answer that question."

Varitek's likely role will be as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington in which he will be involved in player development and evaluation at various levels of the Red Sox system. Varitek, 40, played for the Red Sox for all 15 years of his major league career. He hit .256 with a .341 OBP and .435 SLG. He won a Gold Glove in 2005 and was a three-time All-Star.

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