Sunday, January 15, 2012
Red Sox Keep Some Salt In Their Lineup
Today, the Red Sox avoided arbitration with another potential case by locking up Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The contract is reportedly worth $2.5 million over 1 year. Saltalamacchia was having a pretty good year as the Red Sox' starting catcher in 2011; however, he faded down the stretch, batting .221 in August and .162 in September. On the season, he finished .235/16/56 and setting career highs in just about every category. Like we expected entering the season, Salty displayed a fair amount of pop, slugging .450 with an isolated power of .215; the league leader was Mike Napoli with .312, but behind him was J.P. Arencibia, who had .219-- not far ahead of Salty. The former top prospect also threw out 31% of baserunners from behind the plate, a very good mark for an unproven but talented catcher like Salty. This was pretty much expected, and expect several more signings like this as the deadline approaches.