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Jason Varitek: Red Sox job 'close'

Updated: September 26, 2012, 10:16 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Former Boston Red Sox captain Jason Varitek, at Fenway Park for ceremonies honoring the 2004 World Series champions, said Tuesday he is "close" to taking a new job with the team, but barring a major change of plans, it does not appear it will be as manager.

Varitek, whose name has surfaced in speculation regarding a possible successor to manager Bobby Valentine, dodged a question about whether he is interested in managing.

"Why are you asking me that?" Varitek said. ...

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