Sox, Saltalamacchia agree on one-year deal

January, 15, 2012
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The Red Sox agreed to terms with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2012 season, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed.

Saltalamacchia, 26, appeared in 103 games for the Red Sox in 2011, including 96 starts at catcher. He ranked third among American Leaguers at the position with a .452 slugging percentage and was fourth among that group with 42 extra-base hits and a .741 OPS. Overall, he set career highs in games, at-bats (358) and virtually every offensive category, including hits (84), home runs (16), RBIs (56) and OPS (.737). He placed third among AL backstops and set a career best with 28 runners caught attempting to steal, the most by a Red Sox since Jason Varitek in 2002 (29).

Saltalamacchia was acquired from the Texas Rangers at the 2010 trade deadline.

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