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This is not about Jason Varitek.
Yes it is.
I'm not prepared yet to take down my Jason Varitek altar. I spent a whole seven seasons building it, and I'm not taking it down until I absolutely have to. I'm scared to see him go, and scared to see some combination of Kelly Shoppach and Doug Mirabelli starting for the Red Sox next season.
So when Damian Miller gets signed for 3yrs/$8.75M, I have to worry a little.
All this signing really means (a.k.a. means to contenders) is that one less viable option at catcher is available. Like it or not, removing the fallback option of Damian Miller only increases the value of Varitek. Not good news for me.
But for the Brewers (because EVERYONE cares about the Brewers) this signing should be good news, relatively speaking of course.
Yeah, Miller is a 35-year old catcher, so signing him to a three-year deal is a little like letting your dog loose on a busy street with no leash, but Miller can hit. He's a good bet to be a little above, or right at, league average for a catcher, and $3M for that is a decent bet.
Barring a major tragedy, Miller is bound to do better than the .213/.280/.311 Brewer catchers combined to hit last season. Which is, of course, atrociously bad, and almost downright Juan Castro-like bad.