Shoppach deal signals end for Tek

December, 13, 2011
Alex RodriguezJim Rogash/WireImageThis iconic image of Jason Varitek shoving A-Rod's face in a 2004 game will live on long after Tek leaves town.
The Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, a baseball source told’s Jerry Crasnick, almost certainly ending team captain Jason Varitek’s 15-year career in Boston.

A source said the 31-year-old Shoppach will make a base salary of $1.35 million, plus performance bonuses. The deal is expected to be announced sometime Tuesday.

For the soon-to-be-40-year-old Varitek, the Shoppach deal should make official what Ben Cherington hinted at the winter meetings last week: that the catcher’s tenure in Boston was over. His 15 years, 1,488 games and 190 homers at the position are the most in team history.

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