Red Sox, Jarrod Saltalamacchia Avoid Arbitration

The Red Sox announced that they avoided salary arbitration with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Munsey Sports Management client obtains a one-year, $4.5MM deal for 2013, Alex Speier of reports.

Saltalamacchia had a projected salary of $3.9MM following a season in which he hit 25 home runs and posted a .222/.288/.454 batting line in 448 plate appearances. The 27-year-old had been arbitration eligible for the third and final time. He remains on track to hit free agency after the 2013 season.

The Red Sox have eight remaining arbitration eligible players, as MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows. Right-handers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, and Joel Hanrahan, left-handers Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are also eligible.

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