01/20/09 10:00 PM EST
All is quiet on the Varitek front
Hoyer has no comment on meeting between catcher, Henry
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
The Red Sox have Josh Bard -- whom they acquired on Jan. 2 -- as their only catcher with Major League experience, but the club reportedly considers him as a backup, and general manager Theo Epstein said recently that he's open to Varitek returning to Boston for his 13th season.
Varitek requested the meeting with Henry -- and without agent Scott Boras -- near his Atlanta-based home, and the two sides spoke one-on-one for about 90 minutes, The Boston Globe reported.
When reached by The Globe and The Boston Herald, Varitek declined comment, telling The Globe, via text message, that it "went OK" and that there was "nothing to report."
Varitek did, however, answer "yes" when asked by The Globe if his intention was to return to the Red Sox in 2009. Henry declined to say anything.
After Varitek turned down salary arbitration from the Red Sox, the market has been rather quiet for the three-time All-Star. That's mainly due to the fact that teams will now have to give up a first-round Draft pick if they want to acquire the 36-year-old switch-hitter. His .220 batting average in 2008 doesn't help matters, either.
According to NESN, Varitek was not aware that teams would have to surrender a No. 1 Draft pick to sign him, and he takes full responsibility for his decision. NESN also said that Varitek's meeting was mainly to "clear the air," because the team had not been returning Boras' phone calls.
Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.