Monday October 04, 2010 | 06:26 AM

After Jason Varitek went out to warm up Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning Sunday, manager Terry Francona sent in Kevin Cash to take over, giving Fenway Park a chance to cheer Varitek as he walked back to the dugout.

But were the fans saying goodbye or "until next year."

While this figured to be Varitek's last game with Boston, the Red Sox may bring him back as a back-up to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, especially if Victor Martinez is no re-signed. See Peter Abraham's blog note in

As for Boston's future, follow the money. The Red Sox do have some flexibility - which is a subject we looked at in the Sunday column, in case you missed it.

In the column, which I wrote before the weekend, I mention that Tim Wakefield could retire. But Wakefield has apparently stated that he is coming back next year. Suppose he will be a long reliever/spot starter. One last fling for the knuckler.



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