Marlins drop Jarrod Saltalamacchia just 16 months after giving him $21 million

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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.