Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup tonight for the third straight game, as manager Mike Redmond goes with rookie J.T. Realmuto behind the plate.
Saltalamacchia made it clear that he’s not happy with the benching, but told Tom D’Angelo of the Palm Beach Post that he’ll avoid making a big fuss publicly:
Am I mad? Yeah I’m mad, I want to play. I’m not going to hurt this team. I’m not going to be the reason that causes a distraction. No hard feelings whatsoever. I want to win. My job is to help the team win so whatever I can do to help is what I’m going to do.
That’s just about a perfect response, so credit to Saltalamacchia for that, although Redmond did say that their private conversation was “touchy.”
He’s in the second season of a three-year, $21 million deal, but has struggled defensively while going 2-for-22 this season and hitting .213 in 121 games for the Marlins overall. If the Marlins want to play the 24-year-old Realmuto trying to trade Saltalamacchia would make more sense than forcing him into a backup role.