'Tis the season to look toward next season…
And several high-profile names are doing just that. Here's a quick roundup of some of those:
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek: with his eyes watering, the Red Sox captain says he doesn't want to retire, but knows that could mean he has to play somewhere else: "You try not to think about it," Varitek told reporters, including the Boston Herald 's Scott Lauber , "and I hope you guys don't ask me too much about it over the weekend. But it's there. Definitely."
Varitek and starter Victor Martinez will both be free agents after the season and the Red Sox also have Jarrod Saltalamacchia under contract. Last season the Red Sox decline their $5 million option on Varitek's contract, but he exercised a $3 million option to stay.
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski: "You guys are talking like there's no chance I'm coming back. Apparently, you guys know something that I don't know, so fill me in," Pierzynski said to reporters, including the Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley .
Pierzynski will be a free agent after the season, but he would prefer to stay with the White Sox.
"Everyone knows where I stand with the White Sox and the people and the city," Pierzynski said. "I've never said that I don't want to come back. The door is open. But we'll see what happens. It takes two to do that, make it possible."
Orioles starter Kevin Millwood: "The only think I'm certain of right now is that I want to play again next year," Millwood told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "I'm just going to go in the offseason thinking about preparing for next season."
Millwood is 3-16 with a 5.29 ERA and will be a free agent.
Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn: While so many of these other names are near the end of their career, Dunn will be 31 next season and has 354 career home runs. He's hit .264/.361/.547 this season and has a career OPS+ of 133, including 142 this season.
Still, he's a defensive liability and because of that, there have been some reports the Nationals aren't interested in bring him back . Dunn has said he'd like to return to Washington, but even that seems up in the air at this point.
"If you guys don't realize how sick and tired I am of talking about it, you probably wouldn't ask me every day," Dunn told Mark Zuckerman of NatsInsider.com . "Again, I wish it would have been over a long time ago. It's not, and it's not the worst thing that's every happened to me. My job's to play and my agent's job is to worry about the rest."
Today could be his last at Nationals Park in a Nationals uniform.
"I don't know," Dunn said. "I'm not going to go into [Wednesday] going: 'This is my last home game ever,' cry and hand out Adam Dunn baseball cards. I'm not going to do that. I don't know what y'all want me to say. I don't know what's going to happen. If I did, I would tell you."
Several teammates said they hope Dunn will be back.
"He's such a good guy to have in the clubhouse," Drew Storen said. "He's just a good personality to have as a teammate. Obviously, the numbers, the power in clutch situations, speak for themselves. But I think not having him around in the clubhouse would be the thing I miss the most."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .