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.
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.