There's no way that Rollins was more valuable than Varitek, just because he scored more runs. What's the most precious thing an offense has? 27 outs. Avoiding making an out should be priority #1 for a hitter.
Rollins came to the plate 682 times and got on base 219 times (.320 obp). He accounted for an out 463 times last season and scored 85 runs.
Varitek got on base 174 out of 502 plate-appearances (.351 obp) and accounting for 328 outs and scored 63 runs.
If Reynolds wants to use runs scored as the reason a player has "value" why not use RBI? Varitek had 85 to Rollins' 62. In my mind, both numbers are so lineup-dependent that they aren't good measures anyway, but Harold Reynolds shouldn't be so ignorant as to use one and not the other.
If you add Runs and RBI, this is what you get:
Varitek: 148 r+rbi in 502 plate appearances
Rollins: 147 r+rbi in 682 plate appearances
That's the same amount of production, except for the 135 extra outs that Rollins cost the team.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'