Ross signing suggests Red Sox could shop Salty

The Red Sox's new $6.2-million, two-year deal for David Ross is a sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be available in trade.

The Red Sox are very high on catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway , and they must see the veteran backup Ross as a nice complement to Lavarnway. Ross has an agreement with the Red Sox, sources confirmed.

The Red Sox also have interest in free agent Mike Napoli , and while they likely see him doing the bulk of his playing at first base, there'd be even less opportunity for Saltalamacchia if they sign Napoli, who is by trade a catcher.

Saltalamacchia hit 25 home runs last year, when his batting average dipped to .222. But the real issue may be gamecalling for Boston Red Sox , whose pitching underperformed throughout 2012.

The Tampa Bay Rays , New York Mets , Pittsburgh Pirates , New York Yankees , Texas Rangers , Seattle Mariners and White Sox are teams that may be in the market to add a catcher, though Chicago Cubs seems ready to go with Tyler Flowers should A.J. Pierzynski leave via free agency. The Atlanta Braves could use a backup now, with Ross going to Boston.

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