Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a home-cooked meal and slept in his own bed Sunday night, courtesy of yesterday’s game here, roughly 30 miles from his Wellington home. Family time and sleeping with a different roof over his head is welcome at this point in spring training for any player, but it’s more of the same for the 27-year-old catcher, who has essentially known nothing but changes in his baseball career. Traded by the Braves to the Rangers the same year he reached the majors (2007), Texas traded him to the Red Sox in the middle of the 2010 season. And the Sox have hardly been a picture of stability for Saltalamacchia. He is on his third manager and fifth pitching coach; his favorite catching coach, Gary Tuck, has retired; his mentor, Jason Varitek, is long gone; and this winter he heard the rumors that he would be gone again via trade after the club signed David Ross for two years. Saltalamacchia, a free agent after this season, wouldn’t mind at all if the word stability were associated with his name for once. “I think everyone thinks about where they want to be and obviously I would just love to stay here. I don’t want to keep moving teams; I love it here, I love the guys here,” Saltalamacchia said. “With (manager John) Farrell coming in and all the new coaches, I love the atmosphere, I’d love to stay here, but unfortunately, I don’t control that. We’ll just have to see (about an extension). I’m not thinking about it by any means.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia seeks to stay put
Boston Herald | Mar 12