Yesterday we heard that Jarrod Saltalamacchia had four teams interested in him. Today the other three can look for a catcher elsewhere:
Saltalamacchia has hit a disappointing .209/.310/.351 in 123 games dating back to the start of last season and is no great shakes defensively. He was owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season by the Marlins, but they’ll eat that now. He’s a bad deal on that contract, but he looks just fine coming in at the minimum. Especially if you have zero in the catching department like the Diamondbacks do.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.