Varitek sticking to no-trade

<b>ANAHEIM –</b> Like a rush-hour traffic jam on the 405 Freeway, Jason Varitek and the Red Sox didn't budge much during their weekend negotiations in California.

"Jason wants a full no-trade clause," agent Scott Boras said Sunday. "That position has not changed."

Though Boras reported "some progress" after meeting with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein during the day Sunday, the no-trade clause continues to be the main stumbling block between Varitek and Boston. The Red Sox have interest in bringing back their starting backstop and defacto team leader, but aren't willing to sacrifice the freedom to deal him at a later date.

The latest reported negotiations have the Red Sox and Varitek trying to hammer out a four-year, $36 million contract. Boras admitted on Saturday that there were no other teams actively negotiating for Varitek, which may have afforded the Red Sox room to maneuver and try to wait the dealings out.

The switch-hitting Varitek played 137 games for the Red Sox in 2004, batting .296 with 18 home runs and 73 RBI.

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