The Globe’s Gordon Edes is reporting that the Red Sox and catcher Jason Varitek have reached agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract, thus ensuring one of the pivotal figures from Boston’s championship run will remain with his old club.

(Jason was as surprised as anyone to learn that Kenmore Sq. fixture Mr. Butch was hiding from authorities inside the Wally costume)

It also puts an end to the foolish talk of Pedro Martinez wooing Varitek to Flushing, along with the former’s moronic suggestion that Mike Piazza could play first base next year.