Jason Varitek is something of a legend in Boston.
He's caught more games than any other backstop in Red Sox history. He's caught an ML record four no-hitters. He knows how to handle Tim Wakefield's knuckleball.
But most importantly, Varitek is the team captain, joining Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice as the team's only official leaders over the last 87 years. It was under his leadership and guidance that the Red Sox finally broke the Curse of the Bambino in 2004 and again in 2007.
But while he's dynamic in the clubhouse, he's never been great on the field (only once surpassing 4.0 WAR in 14 seasons), and while there's still some life left in his bat (seven homers, .871 OPS in 34 games this year), the consensus is that the 38-year-old catcher is nearing the end of his rope.
In this slideshow are the five best candidates to replace V-Tek as Boston's future catcher and captain, either from within the organization or as possible trade/free-agent targets.
There may never be another player quite like Varitek, but there are certainly some good players to whom the torch could be passed.