Arizona’s catchers have combined to hit .240 with one homer and a .594 OPS this season, but the newly signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia will report to Triple-A and there’s no timetable for when he’ll join the big-league team.
In fact, Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa told Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic that they wouldn’t have signed Saltalamacchia if he didn’t agree to play in the minors and “there were no promises made” about calling him up, period.
Saltalamacchia is being paid $7 million this season and is owed $8 million next season, all of which the Marlins are on the hook for. And now all he needs to do is convince the Diamondbacks he’s a better option than Tuffy Gosewich.
Veteran first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers two weeks ago, has opted out of the deal according to MLB Trade Rumors.
No word yet on whether Carp has another deal lined up, so it’s possible he decided to leave simply because the playing time in the Triple-A lineup was going to be sparse for the 28-year-old.
Carp put up big numbers in a part-time role for the Red Sox during their championship-winning 2013 season and has a solid .744 career OPS, but hit .175 for the Red Sox and Rangers last season.
Yasmani Grandal had a monster game today in the Dodgers’ blowout win over the Brewers, going 4-for-4 with two home runs, two walks, and eight RBIs.
Some random factoids:
– He’s the first catcher with eight RBIs in a game since J.R. Towles of the Astros in 2007.
– He’s the first catcher with two home runs and eight RBIs in a game since Ivan Rodriguez of the Rangers in 1999.
– He’s the first catcher with two home runs, eight RBIs, and six times on base in a game since Walker Cooper of the Reds in 1949.
So yeah, it was a decent afternoon.
And the Dodgers have to be feeling pretty good about getting the 26-year-old Grandal from the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp trade/salary dump. It’s very early, of course, but Kemp is hitting .291 with one homer and a .747 OPS in 29 games for the Padres, whereas Grandal is now hitting .301 with four homers and a .948 OPS in 23 games for the Dodgers.