Oct 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (39) during practice the day before game three of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox offer Jarrod Saltalamacchia two year contract

The Boston Red Sox declined to offer catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer as they feared the backstop would take the deal. It wasn’t that the Red Sox didn’t want Saltalamacchia back, it was that they didn’t want him back at that price, which is completely understandable.

That said, the lack of qualifying offer now makes Saltalamacchia a much more intriguing option for rival teams as they won’t be forced to part with a draft pick, which will likely make it more difficult for the Red Sox to retain their catcher.

Regardless, they’re doing what they can to keep him in Beantown as the Red Sox have reportedly offered Salty a two-year deal, this according to CBS Sports:

The Red Sox have made a two-year offer to their incumbent catcher Jarrod Saltalamachhia, but there’s no indication the sides are near a deal and the team continues to talk to multiple options, including Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski.

Jon Heyman believes the offer is around $20 million dollars for two years, though Saltalamachhia is reportedly seeking a three year deal at minimum.

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