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.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).