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Red Sox bringing back Varitek … to coach?When the Boston Red Sox signed free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach, the team suddenly had three major-league-ready catchers on the roster and none of them were Jason Varitek.

Shoppach will join Jarrod Saltalamacchia and prospect Ryan Lavarnway on the Sox roster. That leaves Varitek, a man revered in Boston for helping the Sox become World Series winners in 2004 and 2007, apparently out in the cold.

However, Sox GM Ben Cherington said Thursday that the team would like to have Varitek back "in some way," leading to speculation that the 39-year-old switch hitter could be headed toward a coaching job.

However, Varitek's agent, Scott Boras, hasn't heard anything about that, according to the Post. But Boras indicated Varitek might not be ready to retire. "I've had discussions with them about 'Tek, but it's been about playing," Boras said, the Post reports. "Any thoughts about coaching have not been addressed, to my knowledge."

Red Sox owner John Henry also opened the door Thursday to Varitek staying with Boston after his playing days are over: "He should be a part of this organization for the rest of his life," Henry said, according to the paper. "No matter what he decides to do, he's always going to be welcome here. He's a huge part of the history of this organization, which is why he should be a part of the future of this organization."

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