McAdam on Sox catching options

McAdam on Sox catching options
November 24, 2013, 12:45 am
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Brian McCann is taking his talents to the Bronx, and now that the premier free agent catcher is off the market, who might the Red Sox target to handle their catching duties?

Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam checks in to break down the remaining options, but says McCann was never likely in the cards for the Sox.

"I think the Red Sox always saw McCann as something of a long-shot because of the financial commitment it was going to take to sign him," says McAdam.

The most obvious choice for the Red Sox would be to bring back Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but first the two would have to get on the same page. 

Boston likely is looking at a two-year contract with perhaps an option for a third year, the goal being to bridge the gap until their young prospects are ready to take over. 

Salty, meanwhile, is in the prime of his career, and likely would like more security. 

On the free agent market, AJ Pierzynski and Dioner Navarro could be two names associated with the Red Sox throughout the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, although the Yankees added a significant weapon in McCann, they still have a number of serious questions to answer: A-Rod's status won't be known until sometime in 2014, Derek Jeter is returning from a serious injury, Robinson Cano is still up in the air, and the starting rotation has a lot of holes.