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Twins still in for Saltalamacchia

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The Minnesota Twins are reportedly still discussing a contract with free-agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia who would fill the position left vacant by Joe Mauer who has announced he is moving to first base.

The speculation in the MLB betting news comes just after the Twins agreed to sign the former LA Dodgers righthander Ricky Nolasco on the biggest contract Minnesota have ever offered to a player.

The record previously belonged to outfielder Josh Willingham, who signed a three-year $21million deal two winters ago. Nolasco’s four-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, is believed to be worth $12million a season.

Saltalamacchia’s future remains unclear after he had spent the last three years with Boston.

The Red Sox decided not to make him a $14.1million qualifying offer after he earned just $5million in the 2012-13 season.

It is believed that the Red Sox and player may accept a compromise - a two-year contract worth up to $20million - although the Cubs, White Sox, Marlins and Phillies, as well as the Twins, are also reportedly interested in signing him.

However, the New York Yankees, who were also linked with Saltalamacchia, are not now expected to offer the 28-year-old former Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers star a deal as they have reportedly agreed to terms on a five-year, $85million contract with Brian McCann, the top free-agent catcher on the market.

The Red Sox were also interested in McCann, but now that the 29-year-old backstop is seemingly heading to the Yankees, they may decide to go back to Saltalamacchia, a popular character with fans betting MLB World Series, who has just had his best season.

Meanwhile, the Twins’ capture of Nolasco is quite a coup and the 30-year-old is set to join lefthander Scott Diamond and righthanders Kevin Correia and Samuel Deduno in the Twins’ projected 2014 rotation.
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