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Tigers sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one-year deal

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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.

White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer dies

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Ed Farmer, who pitched 11 years in the big leagues and then went on to much greater fame as a radio voice for the Chicago White Sox has died. He was 70.

Farmer, who had a history of kidney disease, had been in poor health which caused him to miss the end of the 2019 season. He was also was on a slower ramp-up to the 2020 season. His cause of death was not immediately reported.

Farmer, a Chicago native, was the 5th round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1967 draft and made his debut with them in 1971. From there he would go to Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Texas before joining his hometown White Sox in 1979. After three seasons with the Sox he’d go back to Philly and then close out his career in Oakland in 1983. He pitched in 370 games in all, with all but 21 of them coming from the pen. He posted an ERA of 4.30. His best season came in 1979, which he split between the Rangers and Sox, posting a 2.99 ERA in 53 games, tossing 114.1 innings. He saved 30 for the Sox in 1980.

Farmer was better known as the radio voice for the White Sox, a role he first assumed in 1990. In 1991 he served as a special assistant to Sox general manager Ron Schueler, but was back in the booth for good in 1992. 2020 was set to be his 29th calling Sox games. In 2004 he and broadcast partner John Rooney were named the best radio team in the American League by USA Today.