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Jason Varitek’s era ending with Shoppach on board?

With new catcher in fold, veteran’s return unlikely

General manager Ben Cherington has been hinting for weeks that the Red Sox were lukewarm to the idea of bringing back captain Jason Varitek for another season.

The door closed a little tighter yesterday when the Sox signed veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year contract worth $1.35 million.

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