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Varitek deemed invaluable

In re-signing Jason Varitek, the Red Sox showed keeping their catcher was definitely priority No. 1.

Originally Published: December 30, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

From the beginning of the free agent filing period until two days before Christmas, Jason Varitek never attracted a firm offer from anyone other than the Red Sox.

It might have seemed strange, then, that the Sox twice improved their original proposal to the catcher until their four-year, $40 million offer was deemed sufficient by Varitek and his agent, Scott Boras.

But only to those who aren't familiar with Varitek's importance to the Sox.

"That was a classic case of Varitek ...

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