Red Sox Agree To Deal With Saltalamacchia

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract to stay with the Boston Red Sox for the 2011 season.

Acquired from the Texas Rangers for two minor league prospects, a player to be named later, and cash, the 25-year-old Saltalamacchia will make $750,000 if he stays on the major league roster and $250,000 if he’s in the minors.  

Theo Epstein’s sought-after catcher of the future had season ending surgery on his left thumb in late September.  The switch-hitting catcher started five games for the Red Sox this season, hitting .158 with an RBI and two runs scored in 10 appearances for Boston. 

With the status of Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek’s return to Boston up in the air, Saltalamacchia could be the opening day starter for the Sox in 2011.  But, don’t rule out a return of Varitek (if negotiations with Martinez go sour) or a free-agent signing of John Buck, who had a career year in Toronto this season.

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