Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins were not able to find a trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment last week, meaning they will outright release him.
Miami cut Saltalamacchia loose with about $15 million remaining on a three-year, $21 million deal signed last offseason, handing the starting job to rookie J.T. Realmuto (who has hit just .232 with a .571 OPS).
Saltalamacchia has plenty of flaws offensively and defensively, but quite a few teams figure to express interest now that the Marlins are eating his entire contract and the new cost to acquire him would simply be the minimum salary.
As recently as 2013 he hit .273 with 14 homers and an .804 OPS in 121 games for the Red Sox and … well, as recently as about 15 months ago the Marlins thought he was worth $21 million in guaranteed money.
The idea of Madison Bumgarner getting even better–or at least throwing harder–is a scary one, but that’s exactly what happened Monday night.
According to Pitchf/x (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News) the Giants left-hander and World Series MVP hit 95.1 miles per hour on the radar gun with a fifth-inning fastball to Jedd Gyorko for his fastest pitch since 2010 when he was a 20-year-old rookie.
Oh, and Bumgarner also took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 7.1 innings of shutout, two-hit ball against the Padres, striking out six and walking one.
Bumgarner had a rough second outing of the season on April 11 versus that same Padres team, but if you take that one start out of the mix he’s 3-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. Ho hum.
Several reports last week hinted at David Wright taking longer than expected to return from a hamstring injury and now Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post that “it’s just hard to say” when the third baseman will come off the disabled list because he’s not 100 percent healthy yet.
Wright is already eligible to return from the DL, but he’s not running at full speed yet and according to Alderson “until he gets into a game situation and feels confident with the leg, we’re not going to know.”
Eric Campbell initially filled in for Wright at third base, but of late the Mets have shifted Daniel Murphy to third base while using Dilson Herrera at second base. After a 13-3 start to the season they’ve gone 3-7.