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.