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.