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Portrait of Jason Varitek

Jason Varitek CRed Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
15 5839 .256 .341 .435 .261 20.7
Birth Date4-11-1972
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1997 BOS 25 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .761 0.6 -0.0 0.1
1998 BOS 26 86 247 221 31 56 13 0 7 90 17 45 2 3 4 33 2 2 .253 .309 .407 .241 5.7 0.2 0.6
1999 BOS 27 144 544 483 70 130 39 2 20 233 46 85 2 8 5 76 1 2 .269 .330 .482 .268 29.1 -0.2 2.7
2000 BOS 28 139 519 448 55 111 31 1 10 174 60 84 6 4 1 65 1 1 .248 .342 .388 .252 14.3 -0.2 1.3
2001 BOS 29 51 198 174 19 51 11 1 7 85 21 35 1 1 1 25 0 0 .293 .371 .489 .277 12.5 0.1 1.2
2002 BOS 30 132 519 467 58 124 27 1 10 183 41 95 7 3 1 61 4 3 .266 .332 .392 .253 11.7 0.7 1.3
2003 BOS 31 142 521 451 63 123 31 1 25 231 51 106 7 7 5 85 3 2 .273 .351 .512 .283 30.2 -0.6 2.9
2004 BOS 32 137 536 463 67 137 30 1 18 223 62 126 10 1 0 73 10 3 .296 .390 .482 .277 28.8 -1.4 2.7
2005 BOS 33 133 539 470 70 132 30 1 22 230 62 117 3 3 1 70 2 0 .281 .366 .489 .294 40.4 -1.8 3.9
2006 BOS 34 103 416 365 46 87 19 2 12 146 46 87 2 2 1 55 1 2 .238 .325 .400 .241 8.4 -1.1 0.7
2007 BOS 35 131 518 435 57 111 15 3 17 183 71 122 8 4 0 68 1 2 .255 .367 .421 .275 27.4 -3.2 2.4
2008 BOS 36 131 483 423 37 93 20 0 13 152 52 122 6 2 0 43 0 1 .220 .313 .359 .229 -0.4 -1.2 -0.2
2009 BOS 37 109 425 364 41 76 24 0 14 142 54 90 3 4 0 51 0 0 .209 .313 .390 .241 5.0 -1.2 0.4
2010 BOS 38 39 123 112 18 26 6 0 7 53 10 35 0 1 0 16 0 0 .232 .293 .473 .244 1.0 -0.7 0.0
2011 BOS 39 68 250 222 32 49 10 1 11 94 21 67 4 0 3 36 0 0 .221 .300 .423 .252 5.5 0.4 0.6
Career154658395099664130730614193222061412166143227572518.256.341.435.261220.3-10.220.7

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 PCY AA 104 421 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PCY AA 134 577 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BOS MLB 1 1 .761 .334 .392 .581 .326 1.000 97 0.6 0.0 0 -0.0 0.0 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
1997 PAW AAA 0 74 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .226 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TAC AAA 0 343 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BOS MLB 86 247 .241 .266 .332 .418 .263 .285 101 -5.1 6.7 4 0.2 -0.5 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
1999 BOS MLB 144 544 .268 .274 .344 .438 .263 .285 97 5 15.2 10 -0.2 -2.0 29.1 2.7 29.1 2.7
2000 BOS MLB 139 519 .252 .273 .344 .442 .264 .282 92 -5.2 14.7 9.4 -0.2 -2.5 14.3 1.3 14.3 1.3
2001 BOS MLB 51 198 .277 .268 .327 .424 .260 .331 96 3.7 5.4 3.5 0.1 -1.9 12.5 1.2 12.5 1.2
2002 BOS MLB 132 519 .253 .268 .334 .431 .268 .312 98 -4 13.9 8.8 0.7 -5.8 11.7 1.3 11.7 1.3
2003 BOS MLB 142 521 .283 .268 .335 .428 .265 .300 105 13 14.2 8.5 -0.6 -3.5 30.2 2.9 30.2 2.9
2004 BOS MLB 137 536 .277 .270 .335 .433 .259 .372 111 10.1 16.0 9.3 -1.4 -3.8 28.8 2.7 28.8 2.7
2005 BOS MLB 133 539 .294 .265 .329 .420 .261 .329 106 19.7 15.5 9.3 -1.8 -2.4 40.4 3.9 40.4 3.9
2006 BOS MLB 103 416 .241 .273 .338 .433 .259 .280 106 -8.9 12.5 7.5 -1.1 -2.3 8.4 0.7 8.4 0.7
2006 PAW AAA 2 7 .435 .265 .357 .395 .259 .667 98 1.3 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2007 BOS MLB 131 518 .275 .270 .339 .422 .264 .313 102 8.3 15.4 9.2 -3.2 -4.1 27.4 2.4 27.4 2.4
2008 BOS MLB 131 483 .229 .263 .331 .413 .259 .276 107 -16.1 14.0 8.4 -1.2 -4.9 -0.4 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2
2009 BOS MLB 109 425 .241 .264 .334 .428 .262 .235 111 -8.5 12.2 7.4 -1.2 -2.6 5.0 0.4 5.0 0.4
2010 BOS MLB 39 123 .244 .266 .329 .431 .265 .268 113 -2 3.4 2.1 -0.7 -1.4 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2010 PAW AAA 2 6 .338 .264 .326 .426 .258 .500 85 0.5 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 BOS MLB 68 250 .252 .255 .320 .407 .261 .264 108 -2 6.7 4.1 0.4 -2.3 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 PCY AA 421 42 79 14 2 10 44 61 126 0 1 .224 .340 .361 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PCY AA 577 63 132 34 1 12 67 66 93 7 6 .262 .353 .406 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TAC AAA 343 54 78 13 0 15 48 34 71 0 1 .254 .332 .443 .189 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PAW AAA 74 6 13 5 0 1 5 8 12 0 0 .197 .284 .318 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BOS MLB 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000 .761 0.6 -0.0 0.1
1998 BOS MLB 247 31 56 13 0 7 33 17 45 2 2 .253 .309 .407 .154 .241 5.7 0.2 0.6
1999 BOS MLB 544 70 130 39 2 20 76 46 85 1 2 .269 .330 .482 .213 .268 29.1 -0.2 2.7
2000 BOS MLB 519 55 111 31 1 10 65 60 84 1 1 .248 .342 .388 .141 .252 14.3 -0.2 1.3
2001 BOS MLB 198 19 51 11 1 7 25 21 35 0 0 .293 .371 .489 .195 .277 12.5 0.1 1.2
2002 BOS MLB 519 58 124 27 1 10 61 41 95 4 3 .266 .332 .392 .126 .253 11.7 0.7 1.3
2003 BOS MLB 521 63 123 31 1 25 85 51 106 3 2 .273 .351 .512 .239 .283 30.2 -0.6 2.9
2004 BOS MLB 536 67 137 30 1 18 73 62 126 10 3 .296 .390 .482 .186 .277 28.8 -1.4 2.7
2005 BOS MLB 539 70 132 30 1 22 70 62 117 2 0 .281 .366 .489 .209 .294 40.4 -1.8 3.9
2006 PAW AAA 7 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 .429 .429 .857 .429 .435 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2006 BOS MLB 416 46 87 19 2 12 55 46 87 1 2 .238 .325 .400 .162 .241 8.4 -1.1 0.7
2007 BOS MLB 518 57 111 15 3 17 68 71 122 1 2 .255 .367 .421 .166 .275 27.4 -3.2 2.4
2008 BOS MLB 483 37 93 20 0 13 43 52 122 0 1 .220 .313 .359 .139 .229 -0.4 -1.2 -0.2
2009 BOS MLB 425 41 76 24 0 14 51 54 90 0 0 .209 .313 .390 .181 .241 5.0 -1.2 0.4
2010 BOS MLB 123 18 26 6 0 7 16 10 35 0 0 .232 .293 .473 .241 .244 1.0 -0.7 0.0
2010 PAW AAA 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .000 .338 1.0 -0.0 0.1
2011 BOS MLB 250 32 49 10 1 11 36 21 67 0 0 .221 .300 .423 .203 .252 5.5 0.4 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1842 0.4772 0.4297 0.7712 0.6064 0.2679 0.8368 0.6357 0.2288
2009 1576 0.4816 0.4406 0.7507 0.6061 0.2864 0.8326 0.5897 0.2493
2010 447 0.5615 0.4676 0.7033 0.6135 0.2806 0.7597 0.5455 0.2967
2011 1024 0.4922 0.4624 0.7252 0.6250 0.3038 0.7746 0.6266 0.2727
Career48890.48950.44350.74870.61080.28250.81540.61070.2508

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-09-26 2011-09-29 DTD 3 3 Right Knee Contusion - -
2011-04-07 2011-04-10 DTD 3 3 Shoulder Soreness -
2010-07-01 2010-09-07 15-DL 68 59 Right Foot Fracture Foul Ball -
2010-05-08 2010-05-11 DTD 3 3 Left Forearm Contusion -
2009-08-18 2009-08-21 DTD 3 3 Neck Spasms -
2009-06-12 2009-06-12 DTD 0 0 Neck Tightness -
2008-06-12 2008-06-15 DTD 3 3 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2008-04-20 2008-04-25 DTD 5 5 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-07-15 2007-07-16 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Soreness Thumb -
2006-08-01 2006-09-03 15-DL 33 32 Left Knee Surgery Cartilage 2006-08-03
2004-07-25 2004-07-26 DTD 1 1 Wrist Soreness -
2001-06-08 2001-10-07 60-DL 121 103 Right Elbow Surgery Fractured Radial Head 2001-06-12
2000-10-26 2000-10-26 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery 2000-10-26 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 BOS $2,000,000
2010 BOS $3,000,000
2009 BOS $5,000,000
2008 BOS $10,000,000
2007 BOS $10,000,000
2006 BOS $10,000,000
2005 BOS $10,000,000
2004 BOS $6,700,000
2003 BOS $4,700,000
2002 BOS $3,500,000
2001 BOS $1,800,000
2000 BOS $375,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$67,075,000
12 yrTotal$67,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 20 dScott Boras

Details
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$5M (2009), plus 2010 mutual option. Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 1/30/09. 09:$5M, 10:$5M club option or $3M player option. If Varitek exercises 2010 player option, he may earn $2M in performance bonus ($0.4M each for 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 games). Boston declined $5M 2010 club option 11/9/09.
  • 4 years/$40M (2005-08). $4M signing bonus. 05-08:$9M/year.
  • 3 years/$14.9M (2002-04). 02:$3.5M, 03:$4.7M, 04:$6.7M. Performance bonuses: $0.3M for averaging 125 starts and 500 PAs.
  • Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 7/97.
  • Drafted by Seattle 1994 (1-14) (Georgia Tech).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Don't you feel like Cashman is going to have to pull a rabbit out of a hat pretty soon too? There is a LOT of offense he is going to have to replace, maybe as soon as next season.
(Adam from NY)
One reason why they need to get creative about working Jesus Montero into the lineup next season and not blocking him off with a veteran DH. Folks assume that Jorge Posada will be the primary DH next year, but (A) I don't think he will hit enough to carry the position, at least not in style, (B) if the replacement is a so-called catch-and-throw guy like Cervelli (who wasn't, at least not this year) or, say, re-signing Jose Molina (I have a bad feeling about that), the loss of offense from behind the plate is going to be a bleeding wound that can't be staunched. The best answer might be a Posada-Montero catcher-DH job share and carry Cervelli as your third catcher. You live with the crappy defense like the Red Sox have lived with it with Martinez and Jason Varitek. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is this person dressed up like Jason Varitek, and what have they done with the real one?
(YD from Philly)
It's the same Jason Varitek from the beginning of 2009. Don't worry, his shelf-life is limited. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give me a reason to think the Red Sox can still make the playoffs other than "its early". Thanks for the chat!
(mattymatty2000 from Portland, OR)
Well, there's the fact that they basically make the playoffs every year, and that if Jason Varitek sustains this pace, he will have 150 hits, 134 of which will be either doubles or home runs. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Red Sox are a pretty smart organization. I would expect a smart organization to not play Jason Varitek at all when they have Victor Martinez. Will I be disappointed?
(akachazz from DC)
I think the lineup they started last night is what we'll see next week, with J.D. Drew in right field instead of...Gathright or Reddick, I forget who started. Martinez catches and bats third. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-14 16:30:00 (link to chat)Scott Boras: good for baseball or bad for baseball?
(Vic from West Chester, PA)
It's tough to say whether he is good for baseball or bad for baseball. I don't think he's necessarily all that good for his clients though. He has a lot of money, and can afford to be much riskier with other people's money. By giving himself the credibility as a tough negotiator, he puts his current clients at risk of getting little money so that he can extract more money from teams down the line. Take the J.D. Drew thing as an example. J.D. Drew was major-league ready when the Phillies drafted him, but he waited a year without signing with Phillies to sign with the Cardinals for only a small amount more the following year. That extra money cost Drew a year of free agent salaries because he was major league ready and he probably lost him ten times what he gained in the process. Drew probably didn't want to play with the Phillies, but there are plenty of examples (Kyle Lohse, I think Jason Varitek) where Boras takes a hard stance that works a lot and fails occasionally, and it's not necessarily wise to be that risky if you're not already rich. (Matt Swartz)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Marc. I kept Iannetta in a 12 team mixed league, and somehow, I'm in the playoffs despite him. With 19 MLB and up to 10 MiLB keepers per team, could or should I safely pitch Iannetta aside to try to get a starting C for the playoffs, or is that just too short sighted? I could take Inge or a retread like that, or I could try a Flowers or lesser prospect out to try to catch lighning in a bottle. Is Iannetta still likely to be a top 12 fantasy C next season?
(Johnny Tuttle from Battle Creek, Michigan)
Catcher is such a terrible position for offense that it's very easy to be a top 12 catcher. A few weeks ago I wrote about the position, and Jason Varitek was even in the top 12. Iannetta has a very low BABIP, and it killed his batting average, but he's still displaying a ton of power just like in 2008. I wouldn't get rid of him, considering how little value there is at catcher. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who sees the most bench from V-Mart entering the Sox lineup? Simply Varitek? Or is Ortiz/LaRoche taking more of a hit?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Well, if they were Strat cards, you'd sit Ortiz and play everyone else. They traded LaRoche for Kotchman, so I'm guess we see Martinez at first base about 2/3 of the time, behind the plate the rest, and Kotchman's here to play defense. The LaRoche trade really feels like running away from the problem of having so many guys better than Ortiz--they still do, now, but it's less obvious. I can't understand why the team with Kevin Youkilis trades for a d-rep at first base, when there are other ways to use the roster spot. Odd deal.

Overall, this makes the Sox better. It would have looked better a year ago, when Jason Varitek looked done, than it does now with him playing well. It would also look better if they played all their best players, and benched the 740 OPS DH. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I love Jason Varitek. He's been one of my favorite players on the Sox for years. That said - is it a bad thing I was really hoping he'd sign elsewhere so the Sox would get the compensation pick(s)? And is it worse, when it became obvious no one else was going to sign him before June, I was hoping he'd sit it out until after June to sign? That should tell you just how little I look forward to seeing him "bat" next year...
(Ryan V. from San Jose, CA)
I would say it's a bad thing, except it mirrors most of my winter ramblings on the subject. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's going to happen with Juan Cruz and Jason Varitek? Would anybody in their right mind give up a first round pick for either one of these guys? Or a second round pick, for those teams in the first half of the round?
(russadams from White Bear Lake, MN)
I think that Varitek and the Sox will find a way to kiss and make up because the player has absolutely zero leverage at the moment and the Sox appear to be postponing finding a viable alternative behind the plate until he signs elsewhere, which doesn't appear likely to happen.

As for Cruz, I think it's more likely that a team who wouldn't lose a first-rounder, as you say, would be one who'd be willing to make the move. Wouldn't surprise me if that winds up being the Nationals, who have some work to do on their bullpen after losing both Cordero and Rauch last year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)The FA list form mlbtraderumors: Catchers Rod Barajas (33) - $2.5MM club option for '09 with a $0.5MM buyout Michael Barrett (32) Henry Blanco (37) - $3MM mutual option for '09 with a $0.3MM buyout Johnny Estrada (33) Toby Hall (33) - $2.25MM club option for '09 with a $0.15MM buyout Jason LaRue (35) Paul Lo Duca (37) Miguel Olivo (30) - $2.7MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout Mike Redmond (38) - $0.95MM club option for '09 with a $0.1MM buyout Ivan Rodriguez (37) David Ross (32) Jason Varitek (37) Gregg Zaun (38)
(Josh from MA)
That's um...ugly. And depressing, if you're a Sox fan, or a fan of anyone else without a quality catcher. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveKG, just to present the other side, it bugs the hell out of me. It's obstruction, blatant and dangerous, and it should be called that way. Or you get Jason Varitek tripping Eric Byrnes and getting rewarded for it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCSOne of the things that doesn't get enough play is the way Matsuzaka changes speeds and eye level. It's very complex how he pitches and it's a credit to Jason Varitek. If I'm the Red Sox, I offer him one of those Wakefield deals. (Will Carroll)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 9115 -6 -13.2 -10.1 5125 4.7 1.3 1.8 -11.9 -8.3
2009 8626 -57 -9.0 -7.3 4995 6.6 1.8 2.6 -7.1 -4.7
2010 2456 -42 -7.4 -21.0 1372 1.9 0.5 2.8 -6.8 -18.2
2011 4991 -107 -14.5 -20.3 2840 1.0 0.3 0.7 -14.2 -19.6
total 25188 -215 -43.9 -12.2 14332 12.7 3.6 1.7 -40.3 -10.4

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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