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'Salty' decision looms in Boston

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07:20 AM ET 09.25 | What to do with Jarrod Saltalamacchia? Saltalamacchia has improved both defensively and offensively this season, and has worked to make himself a very important part of the team and potentially a valuable offseason commodity. Most teams send their scouts out at the end of a season to get final looks at potential free agents, and I know of several that have had their eyes on Saltalamacchia. I believe that the Sox should bring him back. He has worked well with veteran back-up David Ross, and continued to improve with Ross' mentoring. ... If the Sox don't bring Saltalamacchia back, they will likely have to go outside the organization to find a full-time catcher. There really is no one currently in the organization who can step into the starter's job.

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September 25, 2013  08:00 AM ET

....salty wants to come back to texas, soon to be world champ.....

September 25, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Bringing him back won't be cheap.

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September 25, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Jason Varitek is not walking thru that door.

September 25, 2013  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

....salty wants to come back to texas, soon to be world champ.....

And be AJ's backup? I don't think so...
No reason why Salty shouldn't stay in Boston, unless somebody just throws him a ridiculous contract that nobody in their right mind would want to match. Maybe the Angels?

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September 25, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Jason Varitek is not walking thru that door.

That's because they locked it and nailed it shut to keep him out.

September 25, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Right now - they'll bring him back.... who knows, they stuck with him when a lot of people were ready to jettison him..... maybe a "home team who believed in me" discount is in the offing....

September 25, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Right now - they'll bring him back.... who knows, they stuck with him when a lot of people were ready to jettison him..... maybe a "home team who believed in me" discount is in the offing....

Catching is very very thin these days. He's become a solid, but not spectacular catcher. there's 15 or 16 teams that would take that.

September 25, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Catching is very very thin these days. He's become a solid, but not spectacular catcher. there's 15 or 16 teams that would take that.

I still think he might give Boston a discount...... Boston was berated for keeping him early on.....

September 25, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Well - got some interesting news. The one proposal were I would have been very easily returned to the "billable" ranks, we lost. Don't know if we are going to protest or not.... or if there is even a solid premise to do so....... Things are getting interesting here at work.

September 25, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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I still think he might give Boston a discount...... Boston was berated for keeping him early on.....

Maybe. We'll see how the season finishes out. Is he a Boras client?

September 25, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Man - the rain here has been nuts. 7" in 48 hours. And more rolling through.

September 25, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Cant' find it - but still looking....

Here's a clip

Keith Law of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req'd) looks at the pending free agents who have boosted their value the most with strong 2013 seasons. Law feels that Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Red Sox is the most likely candidate to sign an extension that will "shocK everybody" this offseason due to the scarcity of quality catching options.

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Yet, it???s an uneasy time for Saltalamacchia as well. He doesn???t want to go anywhere. He???d sign a contract tomorrow. He???d give the Red Sox a hometown discount, just like Dustin Pedroia did, and be happy to do it.

September 25, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Maybe. We'll see how the season finishes out. Is he a Boras client?

Here ya go...


Jim Munsey

September 25, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Catching is very very thin these days. He's become a solid, but not spectacular catcher. there's 15 or 16 teams that would take that.

He's become good enough that I really don't critique him defensively as opposed to when he first came to the team.

September 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET

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September 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET

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September 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Here ya go...Jim Munsey

So, maybe there's a chance there will be a reasonable negotiation.

 
September 25, 2013  09:43 AM ET

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