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Red Sox acquire Saltalamacchia

The Red Sox have obtained catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Texas for 1B Chris McGuiness, RHP Roman Mendez, a player to be named later and cash considerations.

The 6-foot-4, switch-hitting Saltalamacchia was once a heralded prospect who has fallen on hard times. He has played in only two games for Texas this season and was hitting .244/.326/.445 for Triple-A Oklahoma City with 11 home runs.

One of the reasons Saltalamacchia is in the minors is that he has had trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher. He is only 25, however, and could still emerge as at least a backup if not a starter should be overcome his issues.

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