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Red Sox, Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration with one-year contract

Jan 17, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

Jarrod Saltalamacchia AP

Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

Saltalamacchia gets $4.5 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility after making $2.5 million last season while hitting .222 with 25 homers and a .742 OPS at age 27.

Saltalamacchia has shown a ton of power in two full seasons with the Red Sox, smacking 41 homers and 40 doubles in 763 at-bats, but he’s hit just .228 with a ghastly .288 on-base percentage.

He’s slated to platoon with free agent signing David Ross behind the plate this season, seeing most of his playing time versus right-handed pitching.

  1. kgsmith - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Perfect trade salary..

  2. vallewho - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    His name always sounds to me like a Mediterranean condiment or a Renaissance-era disease…not sure why I had to share that.

    • dan1111 - Jan 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      I think it’s the brain fever ketching up with you.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    MLBTR projected his salary via arbitration at $3.9MM so it’s $600K more then their projection. It seems this is the year for teams to overpay for players.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Well, it’s not bad considering they wanted to give him 3/39 but held themselves back.

    • theskinsman - Jan 18, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      It seems this is the year for teams to overpay for players.

      For the Yankees, every year is that year. But keeping your starting catcher is a very,very good idea. Yanks fans just might want to remember that if their pitching staff isn’t performing as they did 20 years ago. ( Meant only for the 40ish somethings that Cashman thinks are 20ish)

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