Jason Varitek's special assistant job with the Red Sox will have him all over the place. "I obviously want this team and this organization to do well," Varitek said. Jason Varitek has taken his first step in his transition from the playing field, the Boston Red Sox announcing that their former captain has been named a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. Mark Loretta, who played with Varitek on the Red Sox in 2006, is a special assistant to baseball operations with the San Diego Padres, as is Brad Ausmus, the former catcher who has been rumored as a possible candidate to manage the Red Sox if they make a change. Varitek's been speculated to be a future manager, possibly even in the not-so-distant future. The hiring of Varitek is in keeping with the industry-wide practice of hiring recently retired players and giving them front-office experience that will acquaint them with the inner workings of a ballclub. "I'm going to be involved in a lot of different areas to learn a lot different things everything from meetings to player development to things along those lines," the former Red Sox captain said Friday on a conference call.