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Jarrod Saltalamacchia, we hardly knew ye

The Blue Jays announced the release of a veteran catcher on Wednesday afternoon, you’ll likely guess which one... But the title... Obviously.

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The Toronto Blue Jays announced today that they have officially released veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia was signed in the off-season to a 1-year, $1.25M contract with a potential $250K in incentives (safe to say he did not earn those) but, started the season slowly, to put it very kindly, hitting just .040/.077/.040 in 26 PA's with a -80 wRC+ accumulating -0.6 WAR.

...Oh dear...

That combined with the usefulness of Luke Maile, in so far as he's useful for giving John Gibbons something to troll Mike Wilner about, signified the end of the road for the 11-year vet.


What happens to the man affectionately (and somewhat unfortunately) nicknamed Salty is anyone's guess.

He's coming off a season with the Detroit Tigers were he played in 92 games and hit .171/.284/.346 (69 wRC+), and is three seasons removed from his last season with significant impact (114 games with the Miami Marlins in 2014 where he had a 93 wRC+ and 1.5 WAR).

For his career he has a .233/.307/.409 like with a 91 wRC+ and a cumulative 8.9 WAR in 890 games, so I'm sure he'll find a minor league deal somewhere... Maybe.

And yes, if you’re wondering, I did insert a bunch of random gif’s because I could only get 190 words out of this article and I needed to liven it up.

Just cause I thought it was funny