It’s a weird time for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
He’s finally arrived as a catcher. He’s having a great time. He knows the Red Sox staff well and his receiving, throwing, and handling of pitchers have improved considerably under bullpen coach Dana LeVangie. Having David Ross around for tech support has also been a big factor.
Saltalamacchia is having one of his best seasons as he heads into free agency. And he should be the beneficiary of a healthy, multiyear deal.
It didn’t hurt his cause that he hit a grand slam to break a 4-4 deadlock in the seventh inning Friday night, his 13th home run. Other than Brian McCann, he’ll be the best out there among free agent catchers given his age (28) and experience. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.