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Red Sox add reclamation project Jarrod Saltalamacchia in deal with Rangers

Jul 31, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

Moments before this afternoon’s trade deadline the Red Sox made a move to get former top catching prospect Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which is interesting considering Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are both impending free agents.
Given his recent health problems and uncertain future behind the plate acquiring Saltalamacchia shouldn’t be seen as a long-term answer at catcher, but he’s still just 25 years old and if nothing else makes for an intriguing flier.
In return for Saltamacchia the Rangers get prospects Chris McGuiness and Roman Mendez plus a player to be named later or cash. McGuiness is a first baseman and 13th-round pick in last year’s draft who has hit pretty well so far at Single-A, while Mendez is a 19-year-old reliever from the Dominican Republic with a big-time fastball.
Saltalamacchia’s stock has dropped considerably over the past two years as he struggled to stay on the field and failed to show much offensively when he was in the lineup, but if the Red Sox can get him back on track physically (and mentally) the switch-hitter could still be a long-term fit somewhere. For now, he’ll play at Triple-A.

  1. Dwight Evans Mustache - Jul 31, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Isn’t this the guy that couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher? Nice defensive upgrade over VMart and Tek…

  2. Cru11 - Jul 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    This is the guy. I rather watch paint dry then watch this guy play. Why they got him is beyond me. Can’t throw the ball back 60 feet, has a bad back and can’t hit. Sign em up!

  3. moleman - Jul 31, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Red Sox future!

  4. Pisano - Aug 1, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Just what they needed , another inept catcher . They already have two catchers that can’t throw out a one legged man , so what do they get at the trade deadline , another inept catcher . They used to call Theo , the boy wonder , now they should call him the boy blunder . The Yankees and Rays thank you Theo .

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