BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein wanted to acquire a catcher at the trade deadline, and now he’s got one, although he'll be reporting to Pawtucket.
The Sox traded a pair of minor-league prospects (first baseman Chris McGuiness and pitcher Roman Mendez) to the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox also will send a player to be named and cash considerations to Texas.
The 25-year-old backstop has been on the Sox’s radar for some time. He’s played 63 games this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League and posted a .244 average with 11 homers and 33 RBIs.
Saltalamacchia opened the season with the Rangers and was 1-for-5 in two games before going on the disabled list with a strained upper back. He also dealt with some problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher, which is a problem when you're a catcher.
The switch-hitter, was who acquired by Texas from Atlanta on July 31, 2007, has a career major league average of .251 with 23 homers and 94 RBI in 240 games with the Braves (2007) and Rangers (2007-10).
Mendez has been assigned to Spokane (short season-A) in the Northwest League with McGuiness going to Bakersfield (Class A) in the California League.
Mendez, who turned 20 on July 25, was 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA in eight starts for Lowell (short season-A). The right-hander had 35 strikeouts in 33 with Lowell. He was signed by the Red Sox as an undrafted free agent in July 2007.
McGuiness, 22, was batting .298 (84-for-282) with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 78 games at Class-A Greenville in 2010. The left-handed batter led the Drive in homers and walks (53) and ranked second in average and RBIs. He was a 13th-round draft pick in 2009.