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Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Diamondbacks signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league contract.
Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment by the Marlins on April 27 and then officially released eight days later. Now the Diamondbacks get him at a major discount to help upgrade their catcher position, which has produced a rough .219/.276/.250 batting line so far this season. Salty didn't do much in his year-plus with Miami, but he's moving to a much better environment for offense and could take on legitimate fantasy value in deeper mixed leagues. What remains of his three-year, $21 million contract will be eaten by the Fish. May 7 - 1:32 PM

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According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is expected to sign with the Diamondbacks once he clears waivers.

Salty also drew interest from the Mariners, Orioles, and Royals, but the Diamondbacks can provide him the best opportunity for regular playing time. And there's no better hitting environment in baseball than Chase Field, which is sure to be a refreshing change for the 30-year-old catcher after his year-plus calling Marlins Park home. Miami is still on the hook for the remainder of the three-year, $21 million free agent contract he signed in December 2013.
May 7 - 9:21 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports Jarrod Saltalamacchia could sign with a club as early as Thursday.

Cafardo notes the Red Sox, who have now lost Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan for significant lengths of time, are not interested. Those who are include the Mariners, Orioles, Royals and Diamondbacks. We should know soon enough where his new home will be.
May 6 - 7:23 PM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed that the club has interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"He's a player that we're going to talk a little bit more in-depth about," Stewart said Tuesday. "I have to see what our scouts are saying and talk to our internal guys, and if it makes sense then we'll make the next step." Saltalamacchia, who was officially released by the Marlins on Tuesday, makes a lot of sense as an upgrade over Tuffy Gosewisch. The D'Backs can get him cheaply now that his old $21 million contract is off the books. They're not the only squad that's interested, however, as Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says "a few teams" are in the mix. The Royals, Indians and Mariners have also been connected to Salty.
May 6 - 9:25 AM

Marlins released C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The Marlins expressed optimism for finding a trade partner after they designated Saltalamacchia for assignment last week, but nothing has materialized. This means that the Marlins will be responsible for the remainder of his three-year, $21 million contract and he'll be free to sign with another club at the major league minimum. He should have no shortage of suitors as a free agent. The Royals, Rays, and Diamondbacks are among the teams who have been mentioned as possibilities.
May 5 - 12:18 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Royals, Rays and Diamondbacks are each believed to be in the mix for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The veteran backstop was designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier in the week and the team is looking to trade him before he becomes a free agent. Each of the three teams mentioned would view Saltalamacchia as a backup.
May 2 - 1:02 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have had internal discussions about pursuing Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

McCullough notes that the talks are "very preliminary" at this point. It appears that the Marlins will be able to trade Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment, but some of the interested clubs are looking at him only as a backup. In addition to the Royals, the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Indians and Red Sox also appear to have interest. Miami would obviously have to eat the majority of what remains on Salty's three-year, $21 million contract to make a deal happen.
Apr 29 - 8:54 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment on Monday, so the Marlins have 10 days to find a trade. Otherwise, he'll hit free agency and can sign at the major league minimum. The Mariners are currently relying on a combination of Mike Zunino and Jesus Sucre, so Salty could at least make sense as a backup option. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly considering the possibility.
Apr 28 - 2:13 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Angels are not involved in trade talks with the Marlins about Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Angels haven't gotten much production out of Chris Iannetta and Drew Butera so far this season, but they don't see Saltalamacchia as an upgrade over what they already have. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment on Monday and the Marlins reportedly expect to trade him. The Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, and Mariners have been mentioned as potential landing spots.
Apr 28 - 1:22 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are having internal discussions about whether to pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says a total of five teams have expressed interest in Salty and that Marlins general manager Dan Jennings expects to trade the catcher. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that, in addition to the D'Backs, the Red Sox, Indians and Mariners are also possible landing spots for Salty. Arizona would be an ideal landing spot for him, as he'd be in line to play regularly and would be in a hitter's park.
Apr 27 - 5:37 PM

Marlins activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the paternity leave list; designated him for assignment.

Salty was signed to a three-year, $21 million free agent contract before the 2014 season, but he struggled in his first summer with Miami and was off to a terrible start in 2015. 24-year-old prospect J.T. Realmuto has emerged as the Marlins' best option at catcher. Salty will presumably pass through waivers because of the money he is owed. He would then hit the free agent market, and should draw considerable interest there.
Apr 27 - 3:22 PM

Marlins placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the paternity leave list.

He figures to miss the weekend series against the Nationals. Salty had already been losing out on a bunch of playing time to J.T. Realmuto of late.
Apr 24 - 2:59 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Marlins' starting lineup Thursday night versus the Mets.

J.T. Realmuto will handle the catching duties for Miami starter Jarred Cosart. Realmuto went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored on Wednesday.
Apr 16 - 3:50 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a solo home run in his only at-bat in Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Rays.

Saltalamacchia homered with one out against Ernesto Frieri in the bottom of the ninth inning, bringing the Marlins to within three runs. The 29-year-old had been 1-for-13 to start the season. Salty parlayed a 25-homer outburst in 2012 and an .804 OPS in 2013 into a three-year deal with the Marlins, but he posted below-average numbers last season. The Marlins have reportedly attempted to trade him. If they eventually do, a move away from Marlins Park should help his numbers.
Apr 12 - 4:47 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins "looked for a trade" over the offseason involving Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Heyman notes that Salty's salary ($15 million through the end of 2016) "is a deterrent to a deal." The Marlins have a much cheaper and potentially better catching option in J.T. Realmuto who should be ready to take over soon, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Marlins trying to deal Saltalamacchia again at some point.
Apr 10 - 4:36 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tuffy Gosewisch
2Gerald Laird
3Oscar Hernandez
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2Jordan Pacheco
2B1Chris Owings
2Aaron Hill
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Ender Inciarte
2David Peralta
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Mark Trumbo
2Yasmany Tomas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Josh Collmenter
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Chase Anderson
4Rubby De La Rosa
5Archie Bradley
6Bronson Arroyo
7Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Enrique Burgos
3Addison Reed
4David Hernandez
5Oliver Perez
6Daniel Hudson
7Randall Delgado
8Matt Stites
9Andrew Chafin
10J.C. Ramirez