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Your Morning MLB Rumor: Why in the World Would We Want Varitek? And a Cliff Lee Update

Kyle Scott - November 10, 2010

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Things haven't exactly heated up on MLB's hot stove, so we are left with "stories" like this.  Last night, a Red Sox reporter Tweeted the following:

Phillies could be interested in adding Jason Varitek as back-up catcher, according to a source.

That Tweet was picked up by NBC's Hardball Talk and turned into a story.  And that is why someone will ask you later today, "hey, did you here we're getting Jason Varitek?"

Why in the hell would the Phillies want Jason Varitek?  He is 38, and had only 112 at-bats last year, in which he batted .232.  Not to mention that Brian Schneider, who did an adequete job as Chooch's backup, is under contract for $1.5 million in 2011.

If there is merit to the "source," well, we still ask why?  

Meanwhile, the Yankees are flying to Arkansas, presumably to meet with Cliff Lee- that ain't a vacation, yo.  We can surmise how that will end.