The captain has been the heart and soul of the Red Sox for years, but at the age of 39, Jason Varitek can no longer be a viable option as a catcher.
With 15 years behind the plate, it is almost certain that 'Tek's body will continue to break down in the future, as shown by his diminishing offensive and defensive statistics.
He hit just .221 in 68 games and threw out just 12 of 85 base stealer's against him, an unacceptable number.
Sure, he is Josh Beckett's comfort zone behind the plate, but Beckett has bigger things to worry about, like not drinking beer in the dugouts on off days and staying in shape.
'Tek will be missed as a player on this team, but it is his time to go. Although don't rule out the Red Sox bringing him back as some sort of coach in the future.