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September 30, 2011

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Globe staff writer Peter Abraham takes a look at the Red Sox roster, with players’ contract status for 2012.

CATCHERS
JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA
(arbitration eligible)
Established himself as the starting catcher and outperformed modest expectations. Sure to return.

JASON VARITEK (free agent)
A solid backup and counselor, at 39 he wants to come back. Tough call.

RYAN LAVARNWAY (under team control)
Huge season in the minors and impressed in 17 games in the majors. Is that enough to unseat Varitek?

DESIGNATED HITTER
DAVID ORTIZ
(free agent)
If Big Papi were willing to go year-to-year at this point, the Sox would welcome him back. Perhaps he can do better elsewhere.

INFIELDERS
MIKE AVILES
(arbitration eligible)
His versatility and offensive pop stamp him as utilityman in 2012. But that’s hardly guaranteed.

ADRIAN GONZALEZ (7 years, $148 million)
He’s the first baseman, now and for a long time to come.

JED LOWRIE (arbitration eligible)
He shows flashes of offensive brilliance when not on the disabled list. Have they waited long enough?

DUSTIN PEDROIA (3 years, $28 million plus team option)
No decision to be made here, except when to name him captain.

MARCO SCUTARO (Team option for $6 million, player option for $3 million)
Big September earned him the option. And Jose Iglesias isn’t ready yet.

KEVIN YOUKILIS (2 years, $25 million)
Solid season and then broke down. Could be trade bait.

OUTFIELDERS
CARL CRAWFORD
(6 years, $122 million)
Like it or not, he’s not going anywhere.

JACOBY ELLSBURY (arbitration eligible)
Scott Boras will love making this case. He’s not a free agent until after the 2013 season.

J.D. DREW (free agent)
Thanks for the memories, J.D.

CONOR JACKSON (free agent)
Late-season pickup never found a role.

DARNELL McDONALD (under team control)
One would assume the Red Sox could do better given his down year.

JOSH REDDICK (under team control)
Fell out of favor at the end of the season. Could be trade fodder.

STARTING PITCHERS
JOSH BECKETT (3 years, $47.25 million)
He’s locked in as the No. 1 or 2 starter.

ERIK BEDARD (free agent)
Have to consider him even with health concerns.

CLAY BUCHHOLZ (4 years, $29.9 million plus two team options)
He’s a primary starter for the foreseeable future.

JOHN LACKEY (3 years, $45.75 million)
If there’s a way to get rid of him, Epstein has to find it.

JON LESTER (2 years, $14.25 million plus team option)
Like Beckett, he’s locked in atop the rotation.

DAISUKE MATSUZAKA (1 year, $12 million)
Good dough to rehab his elbow injury.

ANDREW MILLER (arbitration eligible with team option)
Stubborn Sox may continue their experiment.

TIM WAKEFIELD (free agent)
He wants to return. But will the Sox want him back to chase more records?

RELIEF PITCHERS
ALFREDO ACEVES
(arbitration eligible)
He earned every dime he’ll get - and maybe a chance to start.

MATT ALBERS (arbitration eligible)
More good than bad; he’s worthy of another look.

DANIEL BARD (arbitration eligible)
Late fade didn’t diminish value. If Papelbon walks, he could close.

FELIX DOUBRONT (under team control)
If he can get in shape, he can help in 2012.

RICH HILL (arbitration eligible)
Rehab time likely means a minor league deal.

BOBBY JENKS (1 year, $6 million)
Looks like a waste so far. Can only see how it plays out.

FRANKLIN MORALES (arbitration eligible)
Hard-throwing lefty earned another shot.

JONATHAN PAPELBON (free agent)
This is what he wanted, a chance to test the market. Return is 50-50.

DAN WHEELER ($3 million team option)
Not a Francona favorite. Could be let go.

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