Last offseason Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins. Today the veteran catcher was designated for assignment.
Saltalamacchia is owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season, but the Marlins benched him in favor of rookie J.T. Realmuto very quickly this year and haven’t looked back.
How serious was Miami about parting ways with Saltalamacchia just 16 months after signing him? He was designated for assignment on the same day he returned from paternity leave. Ouch.
He’ll go unclaimed on waivers because no team will want to touch that remaining contract for a 30-year-old catcher who’s hit .209 with a .661 OPS in 123 games since the beginning of last season, but if the Marlins are truly finished with Saltalamacchia he’ll almost surely be able to find a part-time role somewhere. For the Red Sox from 2011-2013 he posted a .763 OPS with 20 homers per 500 plate appearances.
John Jaso injured his wrist sliding on Opening Day and the Rays initially deemed it a minor injury, but he hasn’t played since then and has now been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
That means Jaso is ineligible to return from the disabled list until early June, which is shame given that injuries and specifically concussions have sidelined him a lot in the past and forced him to stop playing catcher regularly.
If healthy Jaso has a good enough bat to be an asset at designated hitter, particularly against right-handed pitching. He topped a .750 OPS in each of the past three seasons and has a career .359 on-base percentage with nearly as many walks as strikeouts.
One week after acquiring reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Nationals for cash considerations the Dodgers have traded the left-hander to the Rays for cash considerations.
Cedeno is out of minor-league options, which has played a big part in his being on the move so much because teams can’t send him to Triple-A without passing him through waivers first and … well, he’s good enough to interest other teams if that happens.
Whether he’s also good enough to stick in the majors as a useful part of a bullpen remains to be seen. Cedeno never even appeared in a game for the Dodgers has just 55 total innings in the majors spread over parts of five seasons. He does, however, have a 2.83 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 123 innings at Triple-A.