The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, almost certainly ending team captain Jason Varitek’s 15-year career in Boston.
A source said the 31-year-old Shoppach will make a base salary of $1.35 million, plus performance bonuses. The deal is expected to be announced sometime Tuesday.
For the soon-to-be-40-year-old Varitek, the Shoppach deal should make official what Ben Cherington hinted at the winter meetings last week: that the catcher’s tenure in Boston was over. His 15 years, 1,488 games and 190 homers at the position are the most in team history.