Mets and Red Sox sort-of talk, but definitely not about Saltalamacchia

FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal told MLB Network that the Red Sox are not likely to trade C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, despite signing free-agent C-1B Mike Napoli earlier today.

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According to Rosenthal, Napoli was signed to play first base (not catcher) and the Red Sox prefer top C prospect Ryan Lavarnway begin his season at Triple-A.

ESPN Boston reported earlier today that the Mets and Red Sox met to discuss R.A. Dickey, with the Mets requesting two of their top prospects.

“Saltalamacchia would seem to be a piece in any talks for Dickey,” Boston reporter Sean McAdam said on Twitter. However, he adds, a source told him the Mets believe they can do better at catcher.

Frankly, McAdam says, though the Mets are willing to listen on Dickey, the Red Sox have not shown interest.

To take it a step further, Andy Martino of the Daily News says the Mets never asked Boston for any specific players, despite the ESPN report.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

OK. So, it reads like the Red Sox took a meeting with the Mets, as is customary at these meeting, during which the hinted at, or wondered about SS prospect Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jack Bradley, Jr., but probably not  Saltalamacchia. The Red Sox had no interest in Dickey, so that’s where the conversation ended…