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Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Catcher | #10

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / ATL
Contract: view contract details
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Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer Sunday to give the Jays their only runs against the Yankees.
The Jays released Salty's only real competition (longtime prospect A.J. Jimenez) for a backup gig, so barring a late acquisition, his roster spot seems assured. Still, the team won't want him playing a whole lot behind Russell Martin. Feb 26 - 3:48 PM

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Blue Jays signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca was the first to report a deal was close and now FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the financial framework: a $1.25 million salary, non-guaranteed. Salty is expected to open the 2017 season as the Blue Jays' backup catcher, after batting .171/.284/.346 with 12 home runs in 92 games last year with Detroit. He had a good first two months but fell off completely in the second half. The switch-hitting 31-year-old is not relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 24 - 5:26 PM

According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays are nearing an agreement with free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia would open as the backup to Russell Martin in Toronto. He struggled in the second half of the 2016 season with Detroit, but there have been good sparks from Salty in the past and he's a definite upgrade over A.J. Jimenez and Juan Graterol -- the other catchers on Toronto's 40-man roster. Look for something official soon.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Jan 24 - 5:11 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia could be used as a backup to Russell Martin in Toronto in 2017. He struggled badly in the second half of the 2016 season with Detroit after getting off to a really promising start. Truth be told, Salty has always been an inconsistent player. A one-year deal should do the trick here.
Jan 23 - 2:07 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia slugged a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's win over the White Sox.

It was a back-and-forth affair between the two division rivals, but Salty's dinger off of tough reliever Nate Jones put the Tigers up for good. He plays second fiddle to James McCann and is batting just .192/.306/.404 overall this season, but Saltalamacchia has pretty much given the Tigers what they were hoping for with 12 home runs.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:08:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia smacked a solo homer and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

Both the homer and the walk came against Danny Duffy, which qualifies as a heck of a feat these days. Salty made the start at first base in place of Miguel Cabrera (biceps) and could get another start or two there if Miggy needs to miss more time.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 10:02:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk Tuesday in the Tigers' 9-8 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

He could have had another RBI in the ninth, except Justin Upton was picked off second base prior to his single. The start tonight was Salty's fourth in six days, as the Tigers seem to have grown impatient waiting for James McCann's bat to come around. Saltalamacchia is hitting just .206 himself, but since half of his hits have gone for extra bases and he's walked 30 times in 192 plate appearances, his OPS stands at .766. McCann's is .539.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia launched a walk-off, two-run home run to end Sunday's 4-2 win over the Royals.

After Joakim Soria surrendered a lead-off single to Tyler Collins to open the ninth inning, Salty stepped to the plate and promptly smacked a two-run homer to send the fans home happy. Despite those heroics, Saltalamacchia is still slashing just .206/.329/.447 over 141 at-bats. Six of his nine home runs came in April. He has a little value as a backstop bench option in very deep AL-only formats, but can be safely avoided in most mixed leagues.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 04:03:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his seventh home run of the season Thursday against the Orioles.

He finished 2-for-5 with the solo blast, which came in the fourth inning against O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The homer was his first this month after he hit six out of the gate in April, giving him 18 RBI on the season. His struggles after a hot start have his overall line down to .221/.302/.571.
Fri, May 13, 2016 12:45:00 AM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Tigers' lineup on Friday.

It's a simple day off. Bobby Wilson is catching.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia clobbered his sixth home run of the season as the Tigers were destroyed by the Indians on Saturday.

Saltalamacchia's solo shot in the fifth inning accounted for the club's only offense against Corey Kluber and company. He has been an extremely prolific run producer in the first month of the season, slashing .282/.364/.821 with six homers and 15 RBI. He's worthy of using in all formats at least until James McCann returns from the disabled list.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 04:11:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia stayed hot Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in a loss to the Royals.

He's now homered in three straight contests and four of his last five. He's always had good power, but to say this was expected of a guy who has been with five different organizations since 2010 would be a lie. Fantasy owners will take it, though, and he'll continue to get at-bats with James McCann sidelined -- and maybe even when McCann comes back. The 30-year-old is batting .300/.364/.867 with five homers and 14 RBI on the year.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 11:04:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer off Collin McHugh in Saturday night's win over the Astros.

We've been saying that Saltalamacchia carries short-term value in two-catcher leagues due to his power potential, and he showed why once again on Saturday. His two-run homer put the Tigers ahead for good and effectively ended McHugh's night. He's now hitting .227/.292/.727 and will continue to be a cheap source of power while James McCann recovers from his ankle injury.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 10:58:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the Tigers were shut out by Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Friday night in Houston.

With James McCann on the disabled list, Saltalamacchia is expected to garner most of the starts behind the plate for the Tigers, though he's hitting just .176/.263/.588 on the year. He may have short-term value in two-catcher mixed leagues, though he'll certainly be a detriment in batting average.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 10:59:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is starting at catcher and batting eighth for the Tigers in Friday's game against the Astros.

Bobby Wilson was behind the plate Thursday, but Saltalamacchia will handle the bulk of the catching duties while James McCann (ankle) is sidelined.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
9Ryan Borucki
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Danny Barnes
11Gavin Floyd
12Dominic Leone
13Chris Smith
14Matt Dermody