According to various reports there are as many as four teams interested in free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia: The Diamondbacks, Royals, Indians and Mariners. There could be others, but those are the ones mentioned so far.
The Marlins cut Saltalamacchia with about $15 million remaining on a three-year, $21 million deal signed last offseason. He has been useless this season and last, but in 2013 he hit .273 with 14 homers and an .804 OPS in 121 games for the Red Sox. Now that he’s basically free, he’ll find a team soon.
The Red Sox announced a handful of roster moves on Monday afternoon: infielder Eduardo Núñez has been designated for assignment, pitcher Hector Velázquez has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and pitcher Ryan Weber and 1B/OF Sam Travis have both been recalled from Pawtucket.
Núñez, 32, has had an awful year, batting .228/.243/.305 with two homers and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances. He’s owed the remainder of his $4 million salary. Odds are Núñez will pass through waivers and become a free agent, after which his odds of landing with a team will go up.
Velázquez, 30, tossed 36 pitches in an inning of work against the Dodgers last night, taking the loss after allowing three runs in the 12th inning.
Travis, 25, is back for his second stint in the majors this season. Thus far, he has a .387 OPS in 31 trips to the dish.
Weber, 28, has accrued 19 1/3 innings thus far, allowing 11 runs on 24 hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts.