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Why Red Sox-Rangers talks have ended

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08:22 AM ET 03.29 | The Rangers are excited about Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who will be their primary catcher, with the possibility he'll be backed up by Taylor Teagarden, another fine prospect. Saltalamacchia, a 6-foot-4-inch, 235-pound switch-hitter, has a chance to put up big offensive numbers. Saltalamacchia, 23, has made strides defensively, including throwing and blocking the plate. He was hitting .350 through Thursday, while Teagarden had struggled at the plate, as well as with minor injuries. Right now, the Rangers envision Saltalamacchia catching five days a week and Teagarden two. They could also send Teagarden back to Triple A and go with veteran Adam Melhuse, who has had a hot spring with the bat, as the backup. The Red Sox and Rangers have not discussed a Saltalamacchia-for-Clay Buchholz swap since the winter meetings, and it now appears each team is inclined to keep its young player.

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