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Saltalamacchia signs for one year

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 17, 2013 12:51 PM

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The Red Sox signed the first of their nine arbitration-eligible players. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia received one year and $4.5 million.

Saltalamacchia, 27, hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 2012. He led the Red Sox in home runs, the first catcher to do so since Carlton Fisk had 26 in 1977.

Saltalamacchia ranked third among major league catchers in home runs and finished with the fourth-best slugging percentage (.454) among American League catchers (minimum 375 PA). As a catcher, his 104 games and 852 innings ranked fifth in the league.

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