Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, in a conference call to discuss his recent roster moves, suggested that in the aftermath of signing backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, he is still hopeful that the team can continue its relationship with career-long Red Sox Jason Varitek. While the way in which that relationship might continue is somewhat unclear in the absence of a defined role for Varitek, Cherington said that he would continue dialogue with both the longtime team captain and his agent, Scott Boras.
"As far as Tek is concerned, we have incredible respect for Tek. I have incredible respect on a personal level. We, as an organization including ownership, have incredible respect for him and the contributions he's made," said Cherington. "Our hope is that Tek will always be a part of the Red Sox in some way. As far as what that means immediately, what we want to do is keep talking to Tek and not discuss that in a public forum, but continue talking to Tek and [Boras] and figure out what’s best for the Red Sox and what’s best for him."
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