DANA POINT, Calif. -- The Red Sox need a catcher for now and the future, so there's been a lot of discussion about the possibility of a Sox-Rangers deal at some point this winter for a young backstop.
The Sox have scouted the Rangers quite a bit and certainly would love to get their hands on either Taylor Teagarden or Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The feeling is the Sox would try to make a deal even if they re-signed Jason Varitek.
The problem would be who Texas would want in return. With the Rangers in need of pitching, Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden are names often heard on the Texas side. The Red Sox seem to know they would have to deal one of those pitchers to obtain a top-flight young catcher.
Saltalamacchia is more raw in terms of his catching than Teagarden but his physical upside is greater, according to one major league scout here at the GM meetings. Another scout said Saltalamacchia reminds him of a young Varitek at this stage in his development, with Saltalamacchia perhaps possessing a greater upside offensively.
Talks between the teams have been exploratory and preliminary at best, and the Sox may have some competition for the Texas backstops from Florida.