ORLANDO — We just spoke to Theo Epstein. Some more detailed quotes will follow. But here are the highlights:
• The Red Sox are comfortable with the idea of Jarrod Saltalamacchia being their catcher provided that he’s paired with somebody who hits lefties well. Epstein said that one of their young players (Saltalamacchia, Ryan Kalish or Jed Lowrie) could end up starting depending on what other needs are filled externally.
Epstein reiterated that the preference is to sign Victor Martinez.
• Epstein said that it was likely the Red Sox would have to sign a reliever to a multi-year deal, as much as they would prefer not to do that.
• Most of today was spent in a meeting with MLB discussing issues related to the upcoming labor negotiations. But there were meetings with GMs last night to discuss deals “big and small.” Nothing is imminent, however.
• No changes are expected on the coaching staff with Ron Johnson returning to first base. The medical staff will remain intact as well.
Finally, forget about Dan Uggla. The Marlins just traded him to the Braves for Omar Infante and lefty reliever Mike Dunn. Yes, that’s it.