Nolan Ryan's dreams of seeing Clay Buchholz in the Rangers' rotation probably came to an end Friday with the announcement that the Red Sox have re-signed catcher Jason Varitek to what is being reported as a two-year contract.
Rangers' sources had indicated that the team had offered catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia head up for Buchholz. The Varitek signing may not end Boston's quest to add a young catcher to groom, but it's unlikely they'll feel motivated to deal a young arm as valuable as Buchholz's in the process.
Buchholz still may not have a spot in the Red Sox rotation. He would have quickly stepped into one in Texas. Ryan had made no secret that he likes Buchholz and would have parted with a catcher to land him.
There are other ramifications to this deal as well. If the Rangers don't trade a catcher, then they almost certainly won't be bringing Pudge Rodriguez back as a backup and mentor for a young starter, That's something the Rangers had been mulling over after Pudge let them know he would love to return to Texas and that his asking price wouldn't be prohibitive, probably a $2-$3 million, 1-year deal.
-- Jim Reeves