Saltalamacchia, Red Sox agree at $4.5 million

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have agreed
to a $4.5 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2 million.

Saltalamacchia, who hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs last
season, avoided salary arbitration with Thursday’s agreement. The
contract is not guaranteed.

Saltalamacchia became the first catcher to lead the Red Sox in
home runs since Carlton Fisk, who hit 26 in 1973 and again in
1977.

Acquired by Boston from Texas on July 31, 2010, Saltalamacchia
is a switch-hitter who set a career high for games last year with
121.

Eight Red Sox remain in arbitration: outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury;
right-handers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard and Joel
Hanrahan; and left-handers Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller and
Franklin Morales.