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Reports: Varitek Close To Job With Red Sox

BOSTON (CBS)  – The captain is close to a return to the Red Sox.

Former Red Sox captain Jason Varitek told ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes on Tuesday he is “close” to taking a job with the team. According to one of Edes’ sources, Varitek will likely be named a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

Varitek, who retired last spring after a 15-year MLB career, was at Fenway Park Tuesday night for a ceremony that honored the 2004 World Series championship team. After members of the team took a lap around Fenway in the famous duckboats, Varitek caught the first pitch from former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke.

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In his new role, Varitek is expected to be involved with the Boston system in many different areas, from player development to talent evaluation.

The 40-year-old Varitek hit .256 with 193 home runs and 757 RBI over his 15-years in Boston. He caught a Major League record four no-hitters and was an integrel part of their 2004 and 2007 World Series championships.

Varitek was named captain of the Red Sox in December of 2004.

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