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Monday, April 27, 2015

Marlins designate Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment

The Miami Marlins’ free-agent deal with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be remembered as a bust. They are optimistic that his rookie replacement will fare much better.

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment Monday, even though he has nearly two seasons left on the $21 million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season. He played poorly last year and lost his starting job early this season to top prospect J.T. Realmuto….

The Marlins will try to trade Saltalamacchia but likely will wind up releasing the South Florida native. Either way, they probably will be responsible for the bulk of the nearly $14.2 million remaining on his contract: $6,158,470 this year and $8 million next season.

If he clears waivers, any team could sign him for a prorated share of the $507,500 major league minimum, and what the Marlins owe him would be reduced by that amount.

Saltalamacchia batted .222 last season with a slugging percentage of .357, worst among regular catchers. He also committed 15 errors, the most by a catcher since 2003. This year he is 2 for 29 (.069) with 12 strikeouts….

Saltalamacchia played his final game for Miami on Thursday, and then went on paternity leave

At least he can spend more time with his kid now.



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