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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