Scott Boras held up Jorge Posada's contract as the ideal for Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek's next contract. The Red Sox have officially dismissed that ludicrous claim:
According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox’ initial contract offer to free agent catcher Jason Varitek this offseason was for one year. It was not determined what the monetary worth of the offer would be, although indications were that it didn’t approach the annual average commanded by Jorge Posada ($13.1 million).
If the Red Sox offered, say, 1 year, $5-6 million, it could set the stage for a compromise agreement of 2/$16m that would free the Sox to acquire a young catcher who would essentially act as platoon partner/protege for Varitek as he winds his way toward a richly deserved retirement.