Jarrod Saltalamacchia One Step Away From Being ‘Extremely Productive Offensive Player’, Bobby Valentine Says


BOSTON — Matt Wieters has continued to be a key cog in Baltimore’s resurgence. The catcher has slugged the Orioles into playoff contention, blasting 22 home runs and 82 RBIs. But Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine suggested that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been just as valuable. Despite declining playing time — a nod to groom Ryan Lavarnway — Saltalamacchia has totaled 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year. Given ample time at the plate, Valentine thinks Saltalamacchia hasn’t reached his ceiling quite yet. “I think he’s one little step away from being an extremely productive offensive player,” Valentine said. “I…

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