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July 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Red Sox get Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Texas for McGuiness, Mendez, PTBNL and cash

The Red Sox have acquired catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers for first baseman Chris McGuiness, pitcher Roman Mendez, cash and a player to be named later.

Saltalamacchia, 25, was originally drafted in the first round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves. This marks the second time he has been traded at the trade deadline, being dealt to Texas in 2007 as part of the package for Mark Teixeria. Saltalamacchia was once regarded as one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball, but injuries and throwing problems have given him issues. He has spent almost all of his time this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .244/.326/.445 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 63 games.

McGuiness, 22, was originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He had put together a very nice season with Low-A Greenville this year, hitting .298/.416/.504 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 78 games.

Mendez, 20, was signed as an international free agent in 2007. The hard throwing right-hander had struggled this season as he split time between Low-A Greenville and Short-Season-A Lowell, compiling a 2-5 record with a 6.56 ERA in 14 starts despite collecting 53 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched.