The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to sign veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, according to multiple reports.
Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, $21 million contract before the 2014 season, meaning the Marlins still owe him $14.2 million. The Diamondbacks would only have to pay him the minimum salary, which would be deducted from Miami's obligation.
Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch is batting .208 with no extra-base hits this season. Backup catcher Jordan Pacheco, who also plays both corner infield spots, has a .250 average and one home run in 34 plate appearances. Saltalamacchia has two-hits in 29 at-bats this season, a double and a home run.
The Marlins gave Saltalamacchia $21 million after he batted .273 with an .804 OPS in 2013, both career-highs for a full season. He batted .220 with a career-high 143 strikeouts in his first season in Miami.
- Dan Gartland