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Red Sox: Signing Saltalamacchia; Talking with Oswalt; Moving Payroll?

The Boston Red Sox avoid arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and have signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million deal, according to Scott Lauber, and Over the Monster shows that his 2011 season may not be a fluke and his power might indeed be for real.

The other big Red Sox rumor right now is their continuing look at Roy Oswalt, which Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports says is part of their need to "face reality." However, WEEI is reporting the club would need to move payroll to sign Oswalt:

  • Twitter / @ScottLauber - "Jarrod Saltalamacchia will made $2.5 million this year, according to major league source"
  • Boston’s Best Tools 2012: Best Power - Over the Monster
    "No player represents the value in looking through the data better than Jarrod Saltalmacchia. I doubt anyone here would go so far as to say that Salty has the Best Power on the 2012 Red Sox team, but it is incredible how well he stacks up by this methodology. Last season, Salty had a higher ISO than Gonzalez and Youkilis and his average home run distance was second only to David Ortiz. Salty may have a long way to go before he is a complete hitter but his 2011 power is probably not a fluke."