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.