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Miami Marlins Make Offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia


The Marlins have extended an offer to Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The news of this has been reported by Fox baseball writer Ken Rosenthal through Twitter.

 

Ken Rosenthal’s tweet was later confirmed by John Heyman of CBS Sports.

The news that the Marlins have made an offer to a free agent catcher is not that surprising. Marlins’ catchers really struggled last year as Rob Brantly took a big step backwards and Jeff Mathis was a solid defensive catcher, but offered nothing in the hitting department. Needless to say, the Marlins need some help behind the dish.

I am not a fan of pursuing Saltalamacchia. Last month I outlined the pros and cons of possibly acquiring Jarrod. I see him as more of a platoon catcher than an everyday backstop. He doesn’t hit left-handed pitching well enough to be an effective every day catcher, yet he is going to receive a contract that is going to be too expensive for a platoon catcher. Also he doesn’t throw out runners well at all. He would provide some power, but much of that would be diminished in spacious Marlins Park.

What do you think about the Marlins pursuing Salty? Are you a fan of acquiring him? How do you Red Sox fans feel about him? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Cybelle Mandell

    He’d be wasted as a platoon catcher. The more he plays, the better he is. His only real shortcoming is throwing out base-runners and that is effected by the pitcher as well. He caught several complete games last year, including a 1 hit, CG shut-out from Lester. He also caught both ends of a double hitter (Sox won both) and was in the line-up again the next night. His pitchers love him. His teammates and coaches love him. He’s a genuinely good guy, incredibly hard-worker and one of the best catchers in the AL. Don’t believe the bogus negatives. Check out the facts, stats, articles, highlights on his site on Facebook, search his name then click “Salty Rocks.”

  • Placidin

    The Marlins are in a tough spot here. If there are really just 2 teams left in the bidding and its the Marlins & Twins there may be a bargain relative to expectations to be had here. However, the Marlins are not ready to contend now so overpaying for a free agent catcher does not seem like a wise move. I think a better option would be a trade for Ryan Hanigan of the Reds. The Reds are committed to Mesaraco as starter and signed Brayan Pena to back him up. Hanigan is good defensively and not terrible offensively. He would cost about $2M for 2014 and then be a free agent. The Marlins can go after a high priced free agent C in 2 years when they are closer to contending.

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