Jarrod Saltalamacchia designated for assignment; Red Sox don't appear interested

Rob Bradford
April 27, 2015 - 12:47 pm

In a surprise move, the Miami Marlins have designated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment. The 29-year-old is in the second year of a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins. With $14.16 million left on his contract, it is expected Saltalamacchia will clear waivers. According to a major league source, the Red Sox are not currently interested in bringing back their former backstop. The Sox, who offered Saltalamacchia a two-year deal following the 2013 season, would seem to be prioritizing defensive-minded catchers, with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon currently filling the position. Saltalamacchia, who dealt with concussion issues in 2014, has disappointed in his brief stint with the Marlins, hitting .209 with a .661 OPS in a combined 468 plate appearances. This season he is just 2-for-29 (.069), having been supplanted by rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto.