Latest on Catcher Market: Boston’s plans for their surplus

Jarrod Saltalamacchia polaroidThey Red Sox are listening to offers for Jarrod Saltamacchia now that they have signed Mike Napoli (CBS Sports). C prospect Ryan Lavarnway isn’t ready to handle the pitching staff, but they want newly-signed David Ross to mentor him through that process (Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe). Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said its possible all three catchers could be on the roster in 2013 (Providence Journal).

During SNY’s Mets Hot Stove tonight, Kevin Burkhardt, David Lennon of Newsday, and Andy Martino of the Daily News all said the Mets are not impressed with Lavarnway and free agents Jesus Flores and Kelly Shoppach.

White Sox GM Rick Hahn is confident young catcher Tyler Flowers can handle the starting job if A.J. Pierzynski signs elsewhere (Chicago Tribune).

Michael Baron, Contributor

Saltalamacchia is a switch hitter who has developed some power since joining the Red Sox. He strikes out a lot, but he doesn’t seem to be affected by the short dimensions at Fenway, where he hit 12 home runs. He strikes out a lot, doesn’t walk very much, and there have been some concerns about his game-calling and overall defense. Also, he really struggled against left-handed pitching in 2012. If the Mets were to acquire Saltalamacchia, it would be hard to create an effective platoon with Josh Thole. I also worry about how he might fare in the bigger ballparks in the National League East.

It’s also worth noting Saltalamacchia will likely earn around $4 million through arbitration this winter, and can become a free agent after the 2013 season, and so I’d be hesitant to part with a controllable part for one year of service.