Report: Varitek a MLB managerial candidate

Report: Varitek a MLB managerial candidate
August 8, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Jason Varitek was the Red Sox captain and considered by some to be a manager on the field in his 15-year career in Boston.

The former catcher is a special assistant to Sox general manager Ben Cherington. According to a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, 'Tek's name came up as the Padres were discussing candidates for their recent GM opening. Varitek was apparently considered a good candidate to join the trend of recent-catchers-turned-managers: Mike Matheny (Cardinals), Brad Ausmus (Tigers).

More from Rosenthal:

The idea surfaced during the Padres’ discussions with candidates for their general manager opening, according to major-league sources. Varitek, the former Red Sox catcher, has a natural connection to Padres CEO Mike Dee, who served as the Sox’s chief operating officer from 2002 to ’09.

The Padres are not interested in Varitek at this time and expect manager Bud Black to return in 2015, sources say. But change is possible – the Padres’ ownership, which took over in August 2012, just hired A.J. Preller to be the team’s fourth GM since ’09.

Black, who is under contract through ’15, likely would be in immediate demand from other clubs if the Padres made a move. Preller, though, would not necessarily be inclined to hire Varitek, with whom he has no previous connection. Preller did not discuss Varitek in his interviews with the Padres, a source said.

Varitek, 42, has yet to coach or manage at any level, but his ascent to a managing position would fit the game’s historic and recent trends. Ten of the current 30 managers caught in either the majors or minors. Two of them, the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny and Tigers’ Brad Ausmus, became managers with no previous managing or coaching experience.