CHICAGO -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein stopped to offer some updates regarding team-related items before heading out of the general managers meetings:
-- There still is no word on Jason Varitek, who has until midnight to activate his $3 million player option. The deadline is such since the Red Sox had informed the catcher that they wouldn't be picking up the $5 million team option last Friday.
-- Epstein met with Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, for approximately 30 minutes Tuesday night, during which time the catcher was the primary topic of conversation.
-- Epstein talked with Billy Wagner's agent, Bean Stringfellow, Tuesday night regarding the reliever's openness to accepting arbitration if/when the Sox offer it. The Red Sox would be open to having Wagner back, but on terms that would allow his contract to fit in the construct of their roster. There is no level the Sox would have to adhere to when it came to the dollar figure they would offer in an arbitration case.
-- The Red Sox have re-hired former advance scout Todd Claus, who had been the head coach at Jacksonville University, to become an international scout.
-- The Sox plan on re-implementing the two-man advance scouting system they had used prior to Claus leaving, before the 2009 season. Dana Levangie will continue in his role as one of the advance scouts, with the team filling the other job in the near future.
-- Lowell manager Gary DiSarcina has been reassigned to become a roving infield instructor, and is still in the mix to fill a position on the major league club's coaching staff. Epstein plans on interviewing candidates for that coaching spot over the next few days.
Check the Full Count blog for more Red Sox updates.
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