The Captain is retiring

Yes, the end is here for Red Sox captain Jason Varitek.  According to ESPN, he’ll announce his retirement on Thursday.

Varitek was offered a minor-league deal by Boston, but with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach already set to be the big league catchers and rookie Ryan Lavarnway in waiting, there was no play for Varitek to play.

The catcher, who won two World Series Championships with the Red Sox after being traded from Seattle in a 1997 trade with Seattle, has been offered a job in the organization, but has not decided whether he will accept it or not.

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