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Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek.

His new backup, Kelly Shoppach, is ideally suited to face strictly left-handed pitching, so a platoon situation makes sense given that the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia has been much better versus righties than lefties.

In that scenario Saltalamacchia would be in line for at least two-thirds of the starts behind the plate after starting 96 times at catcher last season. He’ll be a free agent following the 2013 season, so if Saltalamacchia thrives as the primary starter the Red Sox could look to sign him to a multi-year deal.

  1. natsattack - Jan 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    New York Daily News considers Damon for DH.
    Aaron Gleeman considers Saltalamachia for extension.

    What’s the difference?

  2. theonlynolan - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    It’s actually a non-guaranteed contract.

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