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The biggest name is off the board after the division rival New York Yankees signed Brian McCann to an $85 million deal, but the Boston Red Sox still have some options to fill their void behind the plate.
Re-signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who posted a .763 with 18 homers and 27 doubles per season with the Sox from 2011 to 2013, is still a possibility—they contacted his agent earlier this month, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. His asking price, however, could be more than they're comfortable giving him, especially after McCann's five-year deal.
Because they prefer a stop-gap as they await the arrival of top catching prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, it might make more sense to bring in John Buck, A.J. Pierzynski or Kurt Suzuki on a short-term deal.
While they'd lose some offense with Saltalamacchia departing, they could re-allocate the savings to help retain Mike Napoli and/or bring in a big-name outfielder, such as Carlos Beltran or Shin-Soo Choo.
Suzuki (pictured) could be a solid buy low pickup after back-to-back poor seasons at the plate. If he can return to his 2009-11 form, when he averaged 14 homers, 26 doubles and 68 runs batted in per season with the Oakland A's, he'd form a strong enough tandem with David Ross to ensure there isn't a significant drop-off. The 30-year-old, if signed to a two-year deal or given a club option for a second season, could also slide into Ross' backup role in 2015.