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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
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 11 - 1:30 PM

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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.
Nov 6 - 10:03 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.
Oct 5 - 1:34 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Sunday, accounting for all of the Diamondbacks' offense in a losing effort against the Dodgers.

Zack Greinke baffled the D'Backs hitters and held them scoreless through the first eight frames, but Kenley Jansen showed some vulnerability in the ninth inning. Saltalamacchia also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk. Even with his strong performance on Sunday, he's still hitting just .220/.313/.435 with eight homers and 19 RBI on the season.
Sep 13 - 7:49 PM

Diamondbacks activated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list.

Salty missed 15 days with a strained neck muscle. Arizona is going to carry three catchers, which limits his ability to provide fantasy value. The 30-year-old is batting just .167/.276/.300 for the season anyway.
Jul 27 - 3:01 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (neck) will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Diamondbacks manager David Hale said he'll carry three catchers for a bit. Saltalamacchia has been out since July 12 because of a strained muscle in his neck but recently began a rehab assignment.
Jul 25 - 5:27 PM

Diamondbacks placed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, with a strained left neck.

It's unclear how long he'll be out. With Welington Castillo getting most of the starts behind the plate and Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez back, the D'Backs don't have much use for Salty anymore.
Jul 17 - 5:31 PM

The Diamondbacks plan to ease Jarrod Saltalamacchia into everyday catcher duties.

They need him to serve as their regular catcher following Tuffy Gosewisch's (knee) season-ending injury, but Salty isn't completely familiar with the pitching staff yet. He'll share time behind the dish with Jordan Pacheco for now. "It'll almost be a day-on, day-off thing until we really feel like his legs are underneath them," manager Chip Hale said. Despite him being eased into starting duties, Salty's power makes him a worthy second catcher in mixed leagues.
Jun 3 - 8:46 AM

Diamondbacks purchased the contract of C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno.

Saltalamacchia hit two homers in nine games for Reno but batted just .188/.222/.375 overall. However, with Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) going on the disabled list the Snakes needed another body behind the plate. Salty should get the bulk of the starts while Gosewisch is out and his power makes him worth an add in two-catcher leagues.
May 29 - 1:56 PM

Steve Gilbert of reports that the Diamondbacks will recall Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno on Friday.

With Tuffy Gosewish dealing with an injury, recalling the veteran backstop seemed the logical conclusions for the Diamondbacks to make. Fantasy owners expecting him to make an impact should note his uninspiring .188/.222/.375 line with two homers, seven RBI and a 13/2 K/BB ratio in nine games at Triple-A Reno.
May 28 - 9:09 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2Chris Herrmann
3Oscar Hernandez
4Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Chris Owings
2Aaron Hill
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
2Brandon Drury
LF1David Peralta
2Peter O'Brien
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1Ender Inciarte
2Yasmany Tomas
3Gabby Guerrero
Starting Pitcher
S1Patrick Corbin
2Rubby De La Rosa
3Robbie Ray
4Chase Anderson
5Zack Godley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Ziegler
2Daniel Hudson
3David Hernandez
4Randall Delgado
5Josh Collmenter
6Matt Reynolds
7AJ Schugel
8Silvino Bracho
9Matt Stites
10Andrew Chafin
11Enrique Burgos
12Keith Hessler
13Jake Barrett
14Evan Marshall