Also, Francona backs Scutaro as the team's starting shortstop, and updates on Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox hope that at 25, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is their catcher of the present and the future. But given that the catcher's position is so hard to develop, the Red Sox are happy to have Ryan Lavarnway developing in the minor leagues.
After trading three of their top prospects for Adrian Gonzalez this offseason, the Red Sox still believe they have talented players in their farm system, including shortstop Jose Iglesias.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The Red Sox avoid salary arbitration with closer Jonathan Papelbon, who will receive 12 million, and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who will receive 2.4 million with a possible 100,000 more in performance bonuses.