Jason Varitek has served as a Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox most recently and can be seem in and around the Boston clubhouse at most home games.
Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports reported Friday that the 2016 Red Sox Hall of Fame inductee will be with Boston for a few more years.
Source: Jason Varitek has signed a new 2-year contract to remain with the Red Sox. More hands on with players, less of a front office role.— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) October 28, 2016
From the looks of it, his presence around the clubhouse will be felt more frequently on game days -- to what extent remains to be seen.
The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad.
Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player.
After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery.
In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session.
Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.