However, Abraham isn’t sure what the Red Sox might be able to receive in return for either catcher.
In November, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said Boston has been shopping Saltalamacchia, indicating their desire to keep Lavarnway for the long-term.
Last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters he would like to add another catcher before the start of Spring Training, and at least create some depth at Triple-A.
Michael Baron, ContributorI’m not sure how Saltalamacchia might fit now that the Mets acquired John Buck and Travis D’Arnaud. On the one hand, I expect the Mets will wait on promoting D’Arnaud until late April so to delay his free agency by a year. And, while I think D’Arnaud is close, there’s really no way to know if he will be ready in April, which helps explain Sandy’s desire to add more catching. On the other hand, if D’Arnaud is ready as expected and the Mets acquire Saltalamacchia, the Mets would have three catchers (making between $10-11 million combined in 2013) on the roster, creating a logjam and lack of roster flexibility.
It’s also worth noting Saltalamacchia can become a free agent after the 2013 season, and so I’d be hesitant to part with a significant, controllable part for one year of service.
Statistics and information on Jarrod Saltalamacchia...
Stats: In 121 games for the Red Sox in 2012, Saltalamacchia hit .221 with a .288 OBP and a .454 SLG, 25 home runs and 59 RBI in 448 plate appearances.
Contract: Saltalamacchia, 27, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract to avoid arbitration in his second year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2013 season.