Varitek's agent says Red Sox have stated interest in catcher's return for '09

Updated: November 25, 2008, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have expressed an interest in bringing back captain Jason Varitek but have not made a contract offer, the catcher's agent said Tuesday.

"We've had no financial discussions with the team as of yet regarding Jason," agent Scott Boras said. "We met briefly when the club expressed interest in bringing Jason back. And we told them we were interested in looking into it. It was something we agreed to discuss in the future. So I'm sure sometime after Thanksgiving we'll sit down and talk about it."

Varitek filed for free agency after 11 years with the Red Sox in which he grew particularly valuable for his defense and handling of the pitching staff. His offensive numbers dropped this season, when he batted .220 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in the final season of a four-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2004 after the Red Sox won their first World Series title in 86 years.

Boston general manager Theo Epstein did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

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