Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement this Thursday from baseball in Fort Meyers Florida.
In 1997, Varitek was a young catcher (selected in the first round by the Mariners) playing for Mariners AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. At the MLB Trade Deadline, Mariners GM Woody Woodward dealt Varitek and a young Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb who had a 5.79 ERA at the time.
The Seattle Mariners were in first place and were desperate for relief pitching. They also dealt former first round pick (third overall) Jose Cruz to the Toronto Blue Jays for relievers Mike Timlin and Paul Spoljaric on the same day. This deal makes the Varitek trade even more curious.
Jason Varitek, 39, played 15 seasons with the Red Sox. He ranks first all time for a Boston Red Sox catcher in games (1,546), hits (1,307), runs (664), HR (193) & RBI (757). Varitek was named captain in 2004 and has caught a record 4 no-hitters. Varitek also has 2 World Series rings and was an all-star 3 times. He has also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger.no comments