Hours after the Boston Red Sox signed his replacement in A.J. Pierzynski, Jarrod Saltalamacchia agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Miami Marlins Tuesday night. The contract will pay Saltalamachhia $21 million.
Arriving from the Texas Rangers during the 2010 season, Saltalamacchia was the primary catcher for three-and-a-half seasons, including a world championship this past year.
Saltalamacchia had his best offensive year this past season. Hitting a career-high average of .273, Saltalamacchia hit 14 home runs while driving in 65.
The writing had been on the wall about Saltalamacchia's future in Boston for awhile now. After being benched after his World Series Game 3 errant throw that allowed St. Louis Cardinal Allen Craig to score the winning run on a controversial obstruction call, Saltalamacchia did not pay again.
The Red Sox made it clear that even though they would like him back in 2014, they would not be giving any catcher more than a two-year deal.
Saltalamacchia, a free agent for the first time, wanted a longer deal and took the Marlins offer after A.J. Pierzynski signed with Boston Tuesday.
A Florida resident, the deal gives Saltalamacchia the security he wanted and the ability to stay close to home.
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