Varitek to return to Red Sox

Updated: November 13, 2009, 2:26 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Jason Varitek has exercised his $3 million option for 2010, the Red Sox announced Wednesday.

The Red Sox on Monday chose not to pick up their $5 million team option on the 37-year-old, leaving Varitek with the decision about his player option. Varitek hit .209 last season and saw his playing time decline in the second half after the acquisition of Victor Martinez.

"We're happy to have Jason back and we look forward to a good year from him in 2010," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein ...

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