Saltalamacchia avoids arbitration

The Red Sox avoided arbitration with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million today.

The team still has seven unsigned players eligible for arbitration: Alfredo Aceves, Mike Aviles, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Jacoby Ellsbury, Franklin Morales and David Ortiz. Expect a flurry of signings before the Tuesday deadline to exchange figures.

But deals can still me made after that that. The first hearings will not be until Feb. 1.

Per the team’s release on Saltalamacchia:

The 26-year-old Saltalamacchia appeared in 103 games for Boston in 2011, including 101 contests (96 starts) at catcher. He ranked third among American Leaguers at the position with a .452 slugging percentage and was fourth among that group with 42 extra-base hits and a .741 OPS. Overall, he set single-season career highs last year in games, at-bats (358), runs (52), hits (84), doubles (23), triples (3), home runs (16), extra-base hits (42), RBI (56), slugging percentage (.450) and OPS (.737). He placed third among AL backstops and set a career best with 28 runners caught attempting to steal, the most by a Red Sox since Jason Varitek in 2002 (29).