Red Sox-Mets Talking Deal For Schneider
Two industry sources here at the Bellagio have confirmed the Boston Red Sox are in discussions with the New York Mets about catcher Brian Schneider, a further indication the Red Sox are preparing for the departure of captain Jason Varitek.
It was unclear what players the Red Sox would send to Queens in a deal for Schneider, but the Mets are known to need starting pitching, and the Red Sox could have a surplus, even if they fail to sign a top target such as Derek Lowe.
Schneider, 32, was a popular member of the Washington Nationals before going to the Mets a year ago in the trade that brought Lastings Milledge to D.C. He has one more year, at $4.9 million, remaining on the four-year $16 million contract he signed while a member of the Nationals in 2006.
Varitek declined the Red Sox's offer of arbitration last night, preferring to hit the free agent market in hopes of securing a multi-year deal.
December 8, 2008; 6:47 PM ET
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