Jarrod Saltalamacchia wants to make it perfectly clear that his No. 1 goal is to be the Rangers' everyday catcher, not the future catcher of the Boston Red Sox. He doesn't deny saying that he would like working with Jason Varitek in Boston, a statement that appeared in the Boston Globe over the weekend. Saltalamacchia said that he was asked a hypothetical question and gave a hypothetical answer.
"Texas is my first priority," Saltalamacchia said. "I love the guys there. I would love the chance to play every day. I would love to be in Texas being their everyday catcher."
General manager Jon Daniels said earlier Monday that he Saltalamacchia's answer was probably to a what-if type question and wasn't too worried about it.
Saltalamacchia, who missed the last few weeks of the season with a strained elbow, was cleared by Scott Servais on Sunday to travel the Dominican Republic for winter ball. Saltalamacchia said he will be there 30 days and is planning to catch five days a week.
"It's been two months since I've been able to play," he said. "I can't wait to play."
-- Jeff Wilson