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Rosenthal: Boras Seeking Teixeira-Varitek Package Deal?


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Yeah, but you do know the kind of contract he's going to get if he's forced into a "package" with Teixeira, right? Two-to-three years, probably at least whatever Hernandez is making. We aren't talking about a couple million for one year, here.

So a minimal-at-best improvement over what we have now, for much more in terms of contract.

As I said, consider his contract as a posting fee for Tex and you could also consider it an investment in Matt Wieters.

We could do worse at backup catcher than Jason Varitek. And I'd like to have him around to work with the Big Three as well. The guy has caught two no hitters from young pitchers in each of the past two years. And the Big Three have as much talent as Lester and Buchholz.

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As I said, consider his contract as a posting fee for Tex and you could also consider it an investment in Matt Wieters.

We could do worse at backup catcher than Jason Varitek. And I'd like to have him around to work with the Big Three as well. The guy has caught two no hitters from young pitchers in each of the past two years. And the Big Three have as much talent as Lester and Buchholz.

You (not meaning you personally) can rationalize anything, but that doesn't make it rational. In no way would it be rational to pay Varitek close to what he wants, unless Tex is going to come at a huge discount, which obviously will never happen.

Personally I don't believe any of this package deal nonsense. I just refuse to believe Texiera would take less so he could play with Varitek, and I refuse to believe Boras would put him in that position.

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As I said, consider his contract as a posting fee for Tex and you could also consider it an investment in Matt Wieters.

We could do worse at backup catcher than Jason Varitek. And I'd like to have him around to work with the Big Three as well. The guy has caught two no hitters from young pitchers in each of the past two years. And the Big Three have as much talent as Lester and Buchholz.

Right, it's money well spent if we can afford it. Eddie Murray was a great minor leaguer but credits Lee May with helping him become a great mlb player.

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Right, it's money well spent if we can afford it. Eddie Murray was a great minor leaguer but credits Lee May with helping him become a great mlb player.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mayle01.shtml

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+1975 32 BAL AL 146  580   67  152  28  3  20   99   1  2  36  91  .262  .308  .424  111  246   0   5   8   5  26 MVP-281976 33 BAL AL 148  530   61  137  17  4  25  109   4  1  41 104  .258  .312  .447  127  237   2   7   8   3  11 MVP-91977 34 BAL AL 150  585   75  148  16  2  27   99   2  2  38 119  .253  .296  .426  100  249   1   5   5   0  201978 35 BAL AL 148  556   56  137  16  1  25   80   5  2  31 110  .246  .286  .414  101  230   0   2   5   1  181979 36 BAL AL 124  456   59  116  15  0  19   69   3  4  28 100  .254  .297  .412   92  188   2   4   4   1  181980 37 BAL AL  78  222   20   54  10  2   7   31   2  0  15  53  .243  .289  .401   88   89   0   2   1   0  11

By teaching him what not to do?

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As I said, consider his contract as a posting fee for Tex and you could also consider it an investment in Matt Wieters.

We could do worse at backup catcher than Jason Varitek. And I'd like to have him around to work with the Big Three as well. The guy has caught two no hitters from young pitchers in each of the past two years. And the Big Three have as much talent as Lester and Buchholz.

There is zero chance of Jason Varitek signing in Baltimore to be a backup. Zilch. He has too much pride for that. He got upset when Francona pinch-hit for him late in games at the end of this season. He would never sign to be a backup on a non-competitive team. And paying 2/16 for a backup catcher is madness, posting fee, Wieters investment, or not. Wieters already has a nice chunk of change that he has yet to fully earn and this is not the NPB.

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http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mayle01.shtml
 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP +--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+1975 32 BAL AL 146  580   67  152  28  3  20   99   1  2  36  91  .262  .308  .424  111  246   0   5   8   5  26 MVP-281976 33 BAL AL 148  530   61  137  17  4  25  109   4  1  41 104  .258  .312  .447  127  237   2   7   8   3  11 MVP-91977 34 BAL AL 150  585   75  148  16  2  27   99   2  2  38 119  .253  .296  .426  100  249   1   5   5   0  201978 35 BAL AL 148  556   56  137  16  1  25   80   5  2  31 110  .246  .286  .414  101  230   0   2   5   1  181979 36 BAL AL 124  456   59  116  15  0  19   69   3  4  28 100  .254  .297  .412   92  188   2   4   4   1  181980 37 BAL AL  78  222   20   54  10  2   7   31   2  0  15  53  .243  .289  .401   88   89   0   2   1   0  11

By teaching him what not to do?

By being experienced, accomplished, and still credible to a hot prospect in his low 20's , and a player with some usefulness for the team in terms of short-term production. Rick Suttcliff was another good example of this. I don't usually advocate the "veteran presence" crutch when signing has-beens, but Varitek may bounce back a little and Teixera will go down in O's history. I'll take that parlay.

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Has anyone taken the time to try to envision what would be necessary for a Teixeira-Varitek "package" to actually exist?

As I see it, at least three things would be necessary. Varitek would have to be willing to be viewed as a charity case for the rest of his career. Teixeira would have to be willing to sacrifice income to some degree, and some team would have to be willing to set the precedent that they were open (in other words be held hostage) to this extremely ill-advised strategy in the future.

Then there are the clear ethical problems and likely legal concerns.

Anybody see any of this happening? Anybody see any concrete evidence that Boras is conducting business this way? Anybody think that AM or PA would be able to greet such a proposal on Boras' part with a straight face?

I sure don't.

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