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Jason Varitek not offered arbitration

Updated: November 24, 2010, 12:58 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox announced Tuesday they did not offer salary arbitration to catcher Jason Varitek, but that doesn't mean they've permanently cut ties with their longtime captain.

The Red Sox retain the right to negotiate with Varitek, but by not offering arbitration to the Type B free agent, they will not receive a first-round sandwich pick as compensation if he signs with another club. Had the Sox offered him arbitration and he accepted by next Tuesday's deadline, that ...

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