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Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Catcher | #10

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 231
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / ATL
Contract: view contract details
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Blue Jays re-signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.
Saltalamacchia was released by the Blue Jays earlier this month after getting off to a brutal start, but he was unable to find a better opportunity elsewhere. The 32-year-old will provide depth behind the plate in the minors. May 16 - 2:32 PM

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Blue Jays released C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Salty was 1-for-25 with 16 strikeouts this season for Toronto and had allowed nine stolen bases in nine attempts. The 32-year-old catcher will likely have to settle for a minor league contract on the open market. He was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on April 28 and passed through waivers unclaimed.
May 3 - 2:41 PM

Blue Jays designated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment.

Saltalamacchia was off to as bad of a start as you could imagine, going 1-for-25 with 16 strikeouts while failing to throw out a single baserunner in nine attempts. He'll get a minor league deal somewhere, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old has hit an ugly .159/.267/.317 since the beginning of last season. Luke Maile will now back up Russell Martin.
Apr 28 - 3:40 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia was hitless in four at-bats with two more strikeouts in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Salty is hitless in each of his past 13 at-bats, striking out 12 times in 18 at-bats overall since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Buffalo back in early April. The veteran struggled with a .171 average with 104 strikeouts over 246 at-bats with the Tigers last season and he appears to have picked up right where he left off.
Apr 23 - 2:35 AM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Buffalo.

Salty batted .789 with three homers this spring. He'll serve as Russell Martin's backup.
Apr 2 - 3:38 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 3-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored Thursday against the Phillies.

Salty is 5-for-12 with a couple of homers. He's on a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, but he's pretty much a lock to make the team as Russell Martin's backup. Of course, that probably won't lead to as much playing time as he's used to.
Mar 9 - 4:30 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Teoscar Hernandez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Brett Anderson
6Joe Biagini
7Tom Koehler
8Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Aaron Loup
4Dominic Leone
5Danny Barnes
6Matt Dermody
7Tim Mayza
8Carlos Ramirez