Arizona’s catchers have combined to hit .240 with one homer and a .594 OPS this season, but the newly signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia will report to Triple-A and there’s no timetable for when he’ll join the big-league team.
In fact, Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa told Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic that they wouldn’t have signed Saltalamacchia if he didn’t agree to play in the minors and “there were no promises made” about calling him up, period.
Saltalamacchia is being paid $7 million this season and is owed $8 million next season, all of which the Marlins are on the hook for. And now all he needs to do is convince the Diamondbacks he’s a better option than Tuffy Gosewich.
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.