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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Rangers trade Salty to Red Sox

By Richard Durrett

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The club just made the trade official, sending catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox for minor leaguers Roman Mendez (right handed pitcher), Chris McGuiness (first baseman), a player to be named later and cash considerations. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports the cash is $350,000.

Mendez will head to Spokane (short season Class A) and McGuiness to Bakersfield (Class A).

The trade ends the up and down tenure of Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the Rangers. He came over in the Mark Teixeira trade as the name everyone recognized and started the 2010 season as the club's starting catcher. He even had the winning hit in the club's season-opener. But he was put on the DL after the second game with a back strain and has spent the rest of this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. With Matt Treanor, Taylor Teagarden and Bengi Molina, the club didn't need him this year and didn't appear to have him in their long-term plans. By all reports, he has improved in his throws to the mound, something he was struggling with a lot earlier this season. I wrote about Saltalamacchia's issues when I went to OKC to see him in May.

Mendez, who turned 20 on July 25, was 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA in eight starts in short-season Class A (Lowell). He has 35 strikeouts in 33 innings, tied for ninth in the New York-Penn League. He gave up two runs on four hits in five innings with six strikeouts in his last start for the Red Sox organization. This is his third professional season after he was signed by Boston as a free agent in July 2007. He had a solid 2009, posting the lower opponent batting average in the Gulf Coast League (.184) and had an ERA of 1.99, second-lowest by any Boston minor leaguer. He was also a Dominican Summer League All-Star in his first pro season (2008).

McGuiness, a 22-year-old, left-handed batter, hit .298 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 78 games at Greenville in 2010.  He led his team in homers and walks (53) and was second in average and RBIs. He's batting .337 (28-for-83) in 25 games this month. He was taken in the 13th round of the 2009 draft by Boston and was a NY-Penn League All-Star last season.