BOSTON (CBS) – With Brian McCann signing with the New York Yankees over the weekend, the list of suitors for free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia just got a little bigger.
The Boston Red Sox remain on the list of teams interested in 28-year-old backstop, which according to ESPN’s Gordon Edes includes three or four other teams, likely the Angels, Rockies, Blue Jays, White Sox and/or Rangers.
But there is one team that is definitely interested in the services of Saltalamacchia: The Minnesota Twins.
Joe Mauer is heading to first base, creating a void behind the plate in Minnesota. The usually cash-strapped Twins have some available funds this winter, and could afford a three-year — or potentially four-year — deal for the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia.
McCann inked a five-year, $85-million deal with New York on Saturday, giving Saltalamacchia a little more leverage in his quest for three or four-years. The Red Sox expressed interest in signing Salty to a two-year deal, but that is less-likely given McCann’s pact with the Yankees. Boston may have to add a third year to get Salty back, or turn their attention to a veteran catcher like A.J. Pierzynzki or the trade market.
No decision is imminent from the Saltalamacchia camp, but the backstop certainly helped his cause by waiting for other dominoes to fall on the catcher’s market.
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