The last deal of the day came in late as well, with word reported by Dan Roche of WBZ-TV in Boston that the Red Sox had struck a last second deal to secure Jarrod Saltalamacchia in exchange for prospects Roman Mendez, Chris McGuiness, a player to be named later and $350,000 cash.
Saltalamacchia has long been coveted by the Red Sox, and it took his struggles with throwing the ball back to the pitcher to drop his value to the Rangers enough for them to acquire him. Saltalamacchia condition, which is comparable to the difficulty former big leaguer Mackey Sasser endured during his career.
With over fifty games behind the plate for Saltalamacchia at Triple A Oklahoma City, the problem seems to be in his past. His batting line is an unimpressive .244/.326/.445, but his efforts have been toward catching, throwing and staying healthy, which Boston is convinced he has mastered. At 25, he's the frontrunner to be Boston's catcher of the future, possibly as soon as next season.
Mendez has a live arm, dialing his fastball up to 94-96 consistently and pushing 100 when he adds some oomph. The pitches are described as relatively straight and flat, suggesting that he'll need to develop secondary pitches to continue his climb. He made it to Greenvile in the Single A Sally League this summer where he had a 11.40 ERA in six starts.
McGuiness was selected by Boston in the 13th round of the 2009 draft. He has spent the entirety of the year in Greenville, where he has put up an exceptional slash line of .298/.416/.504. He has good plate discipline and solid doubles power, which may earn him a promotion to Texas' Advanced-A club, the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League.
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