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Red Sox notebook: Varitek added to coaching staff; 40-man roster moves announced

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After serving the team in a variety of roles in recent seasons, Jason Varitek will be an official member of the Red Sox coaching staff in 2021.

In finalizing their staff for next season, the Red Sox announced Friday that Varitek was appointed as game-planning coordinator. According to an industry source, Varitek was also considered for the role of bullpen coach, but that job went to Kevin Walker, who last year was the team's assistant pitching coach.

Walker replaces Craig Bjornson, who was one of two coaches from the 2020 staff not invited back. The other was bench coach Jerry Narron. The Sox earlier in the week hired former Chicago Cubs coach Will Venable to serve as Boston's bench coach. Venable's hiring was confirmed by the team's press release.

The one other slight change to the staff was shifting Ramon Vazquez from major league coach to quality control coach/interpreter. Vazquez had joined the staff in 2018 and spent the last three seasons helping out with infielders and serving as a liaison between the team's analytics department and advance scouting and the players.