Even though the last thing the Boston Red Sox want to think about is whom they must sign in free agency, it is still important to recognize what catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has meant to the team in 2013.
Saltalamacchia, who will be a free agent whenever Boston’s season comes to an end, deserves a long-term deal with the team. Not only is it beneficial for the 28-year-old to get a deal done, but it is something that would make a lot of sense for the Red Sox.
The fact of the matter is Saltalamacchia has built a relationship with the pitching staff, which is something that has clearly helped the team on their quest for a World Series title. By bringing in a more productive offensive catcher, the organization will be taking a chance on the chemistry not being the same. Considering the pitching staff has been very important to Boston’s success this year, it is imperative that they make no sudden adjustments.
Another reason why the Red Sox should re-sign Saltalamacchia is because of the strides he has made at the plate. He may not reach his career high in home runs that he posted a season ago, but he is definitely having the best overall offensive year of his career. He has already recorded a career-high 36 doubles, while his next RBI will set a new personal best.
Keeping Saltalamacchia in an environment that he is comfortable with will only improve his game in front and behind the plate, which could benefit Boston for many years to come. For now, it is what Saltalamacchia does in the postseason that will depend on how much money he should be awarded.