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Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Marlins: 3 years, $21 million

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Jarrod Saltalmacchia has agreed to a 3 year, $21 million contract with the Florida Marlins

Tom Pennington

Free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to a three year, $21 million contract with the Florida Marlins.

Saltalamacchia, of course, is a former Texas Ranger.  He came to the Rangers from the Atlanta Braves as part of the Mark Teixeira trade, and was expected to be the Rangers' catcher of the future.  However, although he was considered an offense-first catcher, he never really hit much for the Rangers, and ended up developing a case of the yips that got him sent to the minors, and ultimately, traded to the Boston Red Sox in 2010 for Roman Mendez, Ryan Kelly, Chris McGuiness, and cash, which was then used to sign Nick Tepesch.

Saltalamacchia had a solid season for Boston in 2013 in his contract year, and developed a better reputation for his defense and his work with pitchers.  However, teams are apparently still skeptical...most predicted that Salty would get $10 million a year, rather than the $7 million per year he is getting from Florida.