Over The Montser notes that the Red Sox are scouting Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Dominican winter league.
OtM wonders if the Sox could get by with a tandem of George Kottaras and Dusty Brown behind the plate in 2009? ... Evan at Firebrand is also thinking about Boston's catchers.
A Kottaras/Brown combo would have to hit as well, if not better, than the Cap'n's putrid .220/.313/.359 line, right? (I am ignoring Jason Varitek's intangibles™.) If the asking price (pitching prospects) for Salty or Taylor Teagarden is too high, maybe the homegrown duo is the way to go. If Mike Lowell can get his bat back, we could work around one potential black hole in the lineup.
The Globe's Adam Kilgore writes that Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox will not reach a long-term contract agreement this offseason.
Joe Bick, Yook's agent: "We've had some initial conversations [toward a long-term contract, but] it doesn't look promising." Youkilis (who will play in the WBC) will either go to arbitration or work out a one-year deal.
Derek Lowe may be close to signing a four-year deal (at $14-16 per) with the Mets.
One idea the Yankees are kicking around to raise some more money: "charging media members for wireless Internet access at every home game"!