In response to southpaw777's comment:
YES!!!! I wanted this guy signed to back salty up...Looks like Lav will either start the year in AAA or 1 of Lav/Salty will soon be part of a trade.
Since Ross is a RHH catcher, I think Salty will be here in 2013.
You called it!
Although he has a .238 career BA (.324 OBP), he has been over .255 the last 3 years in a row. Surprisingly, his career OPS vs LHPs (.764) is actually slightly lower than vs RHPs (.771). The differential is much more extreme the last 2 years:
2012, it was over a hundred points higher vs RHPs (.818) than LHPs (.712).
2011, it was over two hundred pts higher vs RHPs (.833) than LHPs (.613).
It almosts looks like he matches up better with Lava than Salty, and so the two year deal gives Ben flexibiltiy no matter which way he goes: Salty extension or Lava in 2014.
His sample sizes are too small vs AL East teams to even mention.
I'm happy with this idea, though $6M seems high..