The Andy Pettitte signing with the Yankees, apparently taking them out of the Ben Sheets sweepstakes, wasn't the only news Tuesday that could impact the Rangers and their starting rotation.
The Boston Herald, citing a source close to the negotiations, also reports that the Red Sox have given 37-year-old catcher and team captain Jason Varitek a deadline of this Saturday to accept their contract offer or see it pulled off the table.
If Varitek doesn't take the deal, the Red Sox will then proceed with alternate catching plans and that may lead them back to the Rangers and their pursuit of either Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Taylor Teagarden. The Rangers, according to a team source, would deal Saltalamacchia head up for right-hander Clay Buchholtz.
The Red Sox have reportedly also talked to the Arizona Diamondbacks about catcher Miguel Montero.
Think about it for a minute: If things fall right, the Rangers could still add Sheets and Bucholtz to their rotation before spring training, giving them a rotation of Sheets, Kevin Millwood, Vincente Padilla and Bucholtz with Scott Feldman, Matt Harrison and Brandon McCarthy battling it out for the fifth spot. And with Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland, Thomas Diamond or one of the other young studs waiting for someone to falter.
Mind boggling, isn't it?
-- JIM REEVES