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Red Sox Catching Options

The Red Sox are looking for a catcher for the future, knowing that Jason Varitek is not the answer following this season. He is hitting just .219 with 8 HR, and has only played in 96 games this season. Here are a couple options for 2009 and beyond:

Jason Saltalamachhia, Rangers: Salty is still coming into form in the majors but has done a pretty good job despite poor numbers. He wouldn't cost the Red Sox nothing more than low level pitching prospect, perhaps Daniel Bard.

Jeff Clement, Mariners: Clement has been struggling so far this season, but that hasn't stopped the Red Sox from keeping an eye on him. One thing holding a trade back is that the Mariners would rather give up Johjima than Clement.

Ronny Paulino, Pirates: Paulino was a starting catcher for the Pirates last season but struggled and is now in the minors. A change of scenery could help and he would be a lost call. If he fails as a starter, he would make for a decent backup.

There are not any solid option on the market, so they might need to settle for one of these unproven players, or veteran Jason Varitek.