Red Sox touch base with Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Rob Bradford
November 05, 2013 - 4:34 pm

According to Jarrod Saltalamacchia's agent, Jim Munsey, the Red Sox have reached out to the catcher in an attempt too show the team's interest in potentially re-signing the 28-year-old. The Red Sox and Saltalamacchia's representative touched base later in the day, Monday, after the team decided not to extend the catcher a qualifying offer. He had expressed some frustration earlier in the day while appearing on the Bradford Files podcast, wondering why the Sox hadn't yet touched base regarding the parameters of their interest. Saltalamacchia has received interest from multiple teams since becoming eligible for free agency. The backstop is coming off his best all-around season, finishing with an .804 OPS, 14 home runs, 40 doubles and a .273 batting average. He also made noticeable strides defensively, dropping his catching ERA to under 4.00 (3.86 for the first time in his career). Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors was first to report the contact between Saltalamacchia's camp and the Red Sox.