BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract on Thursday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 27-year old Saltalmacchia hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 2012. He was the first catcher to lead the team in home runs since Carlton Fisk accomplished the feat in 1977 with 26 homers — the club record for a backstop.

The deal with Saltalmacchia comes on the same day the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal with free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli, who the club had been trying to come to terms with for over a month.

The Red Sox have eight arbitration-eligible players remaining: right-handers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, and Joel Hanrahan, left-handers Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.


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