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Two major league sources said Monday night that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is unlikely to return to the Red Sox.
Saltalamacchia is the top catcher remaining on the free agent market and is expected to command at least a three-year contract. The Red Sox have held at two years.
The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins have been negotiating with Saltalamacchia and a decision could be made soon. He is a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., and could find the Marlins attractive. The Twins are seeking a catcher after shifting Joe Mauer to first base.
Saltalamacchia, 28, hit .273 with an .804 OPS for the Sox last season. His 54 extra-base hits were the most for a catcher in the American League.