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Red Sox did well by bringing back Varitek

Updated: January 30, 2009, 5:48 PM ET
By Rob Neyer

Our man Jayson Stark on the Never Ending Story that has finally ended with a two-year deal that guarantees Jason Varitek $5 million this year and $3 million next year (if he wants it) …

Varitek earned $10 million last year ($3 million of it deferred without interest) in the final season of a four-year, $40 million contract he'd signed in December 2004. The Red Sox offered him arbitration nearly eight weeks ago, and had he accepted, he probably would have earned in the neighborhood ...

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