No one thought Jason Varitek would be back in Boston for another season, not even the Red Sox captain himself. But on Thursday, the Red Sox brought back Varitek as a backup catcher on a one-year, 2 million deal.
The Sox traditionally travel to meet with top-level free agents in the week before the Winter Meetings, and the Sox allegedly have met with Crawford and will meet with Werth.
If the Red Sox trade Scutaro, Jed Lowrie may take over at short until Jose Iglesias is ready.
Boston gets more compensation from Detroit than it would have received from other suitors of V-Mart, by virtue of the Tigers' 2010 record.