Who? Exactly. Slocumb had been a decent closer in Boston, but was a poor performer in Seattle.
Meanwhile, Lowe and Varitek would be centerpieces of the team that eventually broke Boston’s World Series drought in 2004; Varitek was the starting catcher for the Red Sox’ second World Series title team in 2007.
Via Pete Abraham, we learn that Varitek will soon announce his retirement:
Jason Varitek, a two-time World Series champion and the captain of the Red Sox from 1997-2011, will announce his retirement on Thursday in Fort Myers sources told the Globe today.
Varitek is expected to stay with the organization in some capacity.
Varitek hit .256/.341/.435 over a 15-year career with the Red Sox with 193 home runs. According to Abraham:
Only Carl Yastrzemski (23 seasons), Ted Williams (19) and Jim Rice (16) had longer tenures with the Red Sox without playing for another team.