2010 Options: Boston Red Sox

Today let's take a look at the 2010 options facing the Red Sox.

  • Josh Beckett – $12MM club option with a $2MM buyout.  This option vests if Beckett makes 25 more starts this year.  Barring a major injury, Beckett figures to remain with the Sox.
  • Jason Varitek – $5MM club option or $3MM player option.  Player option allows for $2MM in performance bonuses.  My guess is that Varitek will perform well enough to cause the Sox to exercise their option.  They were willing to risk paying him around $9MM if he'd accepted their December offer of arbitration.
  • Tim Wakefield – $4MM club option.  There will probably come a time when the knuckler is no longer worth this price.  But there's no sign that time is now.
  • Takashi Saito – Club option equal to 2009 earnings ($2.5MM+).  Saito appears healthy, but on the other hand he'll turn 40 in February of 2010.  This one could go either way.

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