The Red Sox have made a two-year offer of less than $10 million a year in what would appear to be a half-hearted attempt to retain free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Meanwhile, shortstop Stephen Drew's days in Boston are done, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.
Edes reported that he was told by a baseball source that a number of teams are willing to make multiyear proposals to Drew that go beyond what the Red Sox are willing to offer.
Drew signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal with the Red Sox last winter and turned down the team's one-year, $14 million qualifying offer on Monday. Drew hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in the regular season and struggled (6-for-54) in the postseason. Drew's departure would leave rookie Xander Bogaerts at shortstop for Boston.
Saltalamacchia, who made $4.5 million in 2013, hit .273 with 14 homers, 65 RBI and 40 doubles, a record for a Red Sox catcher, last season. Saltalamacchia is said to be seeking at least a three-year deal.
Other catchers on the Red Sox radar, according to Heyman, are Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz and A.J. Pierzynski. McCann, the former Atlanta Brave, is expected to command the most years and dollars.