The Tigers signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one-year deal for close to the major league minimum, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck. He’ll compete for a job as the Tigers’ backup catcher, according to GM Al Avila.
Saltalamacchia, 30, hit a solid .225/.310/.435 with nine home runs and 24 RBI in 227 plate appearances last season between the Marlins and Diamondbacks.
The Tigers also have Bryan Holaday on their 40-man roster but will likely add another candidate or two heading into spring training to compete for the right to back up starter James McCann.
The Marlins will pay Saltalamacchia $8 million as that was part of what remained on his contract when they designated him for assignment at the end of April.
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.