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MLB: Marlins, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia Reach 3-Year, $21 M Deal
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MLB: Marlins, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia Reach 3-Year, $21 M Deal

Dec 4 2013, 12:28am CST | by

The Miami Marlins and former Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal on Tuesday.

Major league catcher Jarrod Saltlamacchia will be on his way to South Florida to join the Miami Marlins. Joe Frisaro of the Marlins' official website says the Marlins and Saltalamacchia agreed...

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MLB: Marlins, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia Reach 3-Year, $21 M Deal

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MLB: Marlins, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia Reach 3-Year, $21 M Deal Photo Credit: Getty Images

The Miami Marlins and former Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal on Tuesday.

Major league catcher Jarrod Saltlamacchia will be on his way to South Florida to join the Miami Marlins. 

Joe Frisaro of the Marlins' official website says the Marlins and Saltalamacchia agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract, citing a league source. He adds that "the deal is pending a physical." 

The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer wrote on Dec. 3 that the Marlins had been searching for a catcher who can contribute offensively. His batting average of .273 and 14 home runs last season caught their attention in the hopes of boosting Miami's catching corps which featured Jeff Mathis and Rob Brantly. They combined for a paltry nine home runs and 51 RBIs in 2013. 

Spencer breaks down the contract of the 28-year-old catcher known around the league as "Salty":

"According to sources, the contract calls for Saltalamacchia to receive $6 million in the first year, $7 million in the second, and $8 million in the third and final year of the deal. Per team policy, the contract does not give Saltalamacchia 'no trade' protection." 

Frisaro also points out the beginning of Saltalamacchia's tenure with the Marlins marks a return to the area for the switch-hitting catcher, who spent the previous three seasons with the Boston Red Sox. He attended Royal Palm Beach High School, which is near the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla. 

In addition, he will also be reunited with Marlins bench coach and catching instructor Rob Leary. Leary was a coaching staff assistant with the Red Sox in 2010 and 2011, Saltalamacchia's first two years in Boston, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez. 

His signing with the Marlins coincides with that of A.J. Pierzynski's in Boston to a one-year deal worth approximately $8.25 million. The latter development virtually ended Saltalamacchia's stint with the Red Sox.

Now, it's all but official. 

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick also writes the Minnesota Twins "expressed interest" in him prior to him agreeing to the Miami deal. Former Twins catcher Joe Mauer made the permanent move to first base, which created a void for a catcher in Minnesota. 

"Salty" is "the first catcher to agree to a multiyear deal with the Marlins since John Buck, who signed an $18 million, three-year deal in 2011," according to the Associated Press.  

Saltalamacchia brings a career average of .246 and 78 home runs spread over seven-plus seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Red Sox to the Marlins, who are hoping to improve from their last-place, 62-100 finish in the National League East in 2013. 

 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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