Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox agree

BOSTON -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

The Red Sox announced the deal Sunday and avoided salary arbitration. Saltalamacchia made $750,000 last year.

The 26-year-old Saltalamacchia set career highs with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs last season. He hit .235.

Saltalamacchia threw out 28 potential basestealers, the most by a Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek's 29 in 2002.