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Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Catcher | #39

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/2/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 235
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the Tigers' lineup on Friday.
It's a simple day off. Bobby Wilson is catching. Apr 29 - 4:53 PM

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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.
Apr 23 - 4:11 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.
Apr 19 - 11:04 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.
Apr 16 - 10:58 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.
Apr 15 - 10:59 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.
Apr 15 - 5:08 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in the sixth inning, which ultimately proved to be the difference in the Tigers' win over the Pirates on Wednesday.

Saltalamacchia punished a 95 mph fastball from Arquimedes Caminero, flashing the power that once made him a premier prospect. The injury to James McCann (ankle) should open up some playing time for Salty. And although he's only carrying a .214 batting average, his power potential should make him worth a short-term pickup in AL-only leagues or in deeper two-catcher leagues.
Apr 14 - 12:30 AM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start behind the plate and bat seventh Tuesday against the Pirates.

James McCann is expected to miss around 2-4 weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain, so Saltalamacchia should get the bulk of the starts during his absence. The 30-year-old batted just .225/.310/.435 with nine homers and 24 RBI over 227 plate appearances between the Marlins and Diamondbacks last season, but he should have some short-term relevance in AL-only formats.
Apr 12 - 10:25 AM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia scalded the ball in Wednesday's win over the Marlins, finishing 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBI.

In a game that saw 13 Tigers strike out against Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, Saltalamacchia acted as a surprising antidote. The veteran catcher launched a two-run homer off Fernandez in the second inning to open the scoring, then came through with a deep two-run double off of Dustin McGowan in the sixth. Those runs counted against Fernandez, too. In total, Salty accounted for four of the five runs on Fernandez's line. While he still has some pop in his bat, Saltalamacchia hit just .225/.310/.435 with nine homers and 24 RBI between the Marlins and Diamondbacks last season. He makes for a depth fantasy option in AL-only formats, but should not be considered a high-upside player.
Apr 6 - 8:26 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a three-run homer and walked Wednesday against the Nationals.

Salty is 5-for-10 with two homers, two doubles and two walks. The problem for him is that Bryan Holaday has been red hot, too, but as long as they keep it up, both will likely open the season as backup catchers in the majors. Either Salty would get his release or Holaday, who is out of options, would be claimed by another team.
Mar 9 - 4:26 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and doubled Wednesday as a Tigers split-squad topped the Pirates 10-3.

Bryan Holaday was even better in the other split-squad game, and those two are battling for one spot on Detroit's roster. Still, even if the Tigers decide to go with Holaday and his steadier defense, Salty should be wanted by some team if he impresses this spring.
Mar 2 - 5:45 PM

Tigers signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one-year contract.

He'll make the major league minimum with the Tigers, as the Marlins are still on the hook for $8 million of his salary for 2016. Saltalamacchia will compete for the backup catcher job behind James McCann in Motown.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:26:00 PM

Rich Dubroff of reports that the Orioles are "one of several teams" who have reached out to free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Orioles are looking at contingency plans assuming Matt Wieters turns down their qualifying offer and signs elsewhere as a free agent. There aren't many catchers out there, but Saltalamacchia will come cheaply after batting just .225/.310/.435 this past season between the Marlins and Diamondbacks.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 01:30:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be among the options the Orioles consider to replace Matt Wieters.

That's assuming Wieters turns down their qualifying offer, which is fully expected. Saltalamacchia hit just .225/.310/.435 overall in 2015 but batted .280/.358/.530 over his final 149 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks. He surely wouldn't cost the Orioles much.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:03:00 AM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Monday that he plans to test the free agent market this winter.

Salty had a minor resurgence after moving from Miami to Arizona this summer, posting an .805 OPS with eight home runs in 70 games (37 starts) for the Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old catcher said he wants to find a starting job, and the D'Backs are probably going to move forward with arbitration-eligible backstop Welington Castillo.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 01:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Anthony Gose
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Anibal Sanchez
4Mike Pelfrey
5Shane Greene
6Michael Fulmer
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Blaine Hardy
6Drew VerHagen
7Kyle Ryan
8Angel Nesbitt