Mets, Red Sox have not discussed a deal for C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

In a post to Twitter, Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Mets and Red Sox had not engaged in discussions about Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

However, Sherman wonders – now that Boston has signed David Ross – whether or not the two teams could pair up in a trade for Saltalamacchia.

With the addition of Ross, Boston now has three catchers on their roster – Ross, Saltalamacchia, and Ryan Lavarnway.

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.

Saltalamacchia, 27, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract to avoid arbitration.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Saltalamacchia is a switch hitter who has developed some power since joining the Red Sox before the 2011 season. He strikes out a lot, but he doesn’t seem to be affected by the short dimensions at Fenway – he hit 12 home runs at home, and 13 on the road in 2012. He strikes out a lot, doesn’t walk very much, and there have been some concerns about his game-calling and overall defense. On top of that, he really struggled against left-handed pitching in 2012 – he hit just .170 against lefties, and is only a .203 career hitter against southpaws overall. If the Mets were to acquire Saltalamacchia, it would be hard to create an effective platoon with Josh Thole, considering Thole struggles against lefties as well. On the other hand, Boston now potentially has a solid platoon with both Ross and Saltalamacchia, and so I wonder if that makes Lavarnway expendable instead (although the Red Sox like Lavarnway a lot).

It’s also worth noting Saltalamacchia will likely earn around $4 million through arbitration this winter. But he is young, and hits for power – those are some key criteria for the Mets when looking to upgrade at the position. I don’t think I’d trade either R.A. Dickey or Josh Thole to acquire Saltalamacchia, but that doesn’t mean the two sides don’t match up for a deal, assuming the Red Sox make Saltalamacchia available.