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Red Sox agree to terms with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia10/14/2010 7:08 PM ET
The Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2011 season, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Terms were not disclosed.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Saltalamacchia, 25, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Texas Rangers on July 31 and went 3-for-19 (.158) with three doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and six walks in 10 games with Boston this season. He appeared in six games behind the plate with the Red Sox, including five starts, before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on September 28. The switch-hitting catcher also played in two games for Texas in 2010 and combined to hit .248 (68-for-274) with 12 homers and 39 RBI in 72 Triple-A contests between the Rangers and Red Sox organizations.
Selected by Atlanta in the first round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Saltalamacchia has hit .248 (202-for-813) with 41 doubles, 23 home runs, 95 RBI and 102 runs scored in 250 career Major League games over parts of four seasons with the Braves (2007), Rangers (2007-10) and Red Sox (2010). He has made 191 career appearances behind the plate, including 182 starts, posting a .984 fielding percentage (20 errors/1,242 total chances) while throwing out 31 of 175 attempted base stealers.
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