Two major league sources said Monday night that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is unlikely to return to the Red Sox.
Saltalamacchia is the top catcher remaining on the free-agent market and is expected to command at least a three-year contract. The Red Sox have held at two years.
The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins have been negotiating with Saltalamacchia. He is a native of West Palm Beach and could find the Marlins attractive. The Twins are seeking a catcher after shifting Joe Mauer to first base.
Saltalamacchia hit .273 with an .804 OPS for Sox last season. His 54 extra-base hits were the most for a catcher in the American League.
In addition to that, there are reports that Salty has received a three-year deal from the Miami Marlins. On that note, it was nice knowing you Salty.
I didn't believe for one second that the Red Sox would extend a reasonable offer towards Salty. The red flag was raised in the World Series when David Ross received the starting nod once Salty made key defensive miscues.
The Red Sox will be fine behind the plate. I have no problem with a Ross/Lavarnway or a Ross/Pierzynski combo to potentailly pave the way for up-and-coming Christian Vasquez.
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NBCSports: Marlins recently made offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Herald: Red Sox set Andrew Bailey, Ryan Kalish free | WEEI.com: Red Sox non-tender both Andrew Bailey, Ryan Kalish |