Tigers Sign Veteran Catcher To The Minors
Lakeland, FL - The Detroit Tigers organization confirmed Friday that former backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had resigned with the team.
According to MLive's Evan Woodbery, Saltalamacchia will likely compete for a spot on the Tigers' AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens.
The 32-year-old's previous stint with the Tigers ended after the 2016 season in which he backed up James McCann.
McCann will likely maintain his starting position with John Hicks backing him up.
The Tigers organization wanted Saltalamacchia as an "insurance catcher," MLB writer Jason Beck wrote in case something happened to McCann or Hicks.
'Salty' had a rough 2017 season with the Toronto Blue Jays where he only saw action in ten games and wentone-for-25 at the plate.
In his entire 11 season career, Saltalamacchia has logged a .233 batting average in 890 games.
Other stops in Saltalamacchia's career include the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.
During the 2013 season, Saltalamacchia played an important part on the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox team.