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The Red Sox met with each player at the end of last season and again at the start of spring training. The idea was to define expectations and get any concerns out in the open.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia got the same message both times: the team was concerned with his ability to finish the season strong. The catcher hit .162 in September of 2011 and .180 in the final month of the 2012 season.
“They made it pretty clear it was an issue for them,” Saltalamacchia said Friday. “They told me, they told my agent. But I knew that, too. They didn’t have to tell me.”
Saltalamacchia believes the late-season production is a result of his maturing as a player. He did not become an everyday player until 2011 at age 26.