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Quote of the day: Jarrod Saltalamacchia feels wanted

Aug 4, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

Not that he was ever unwanted.

“I’m excited to be in an organization where they want me.”

Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, reflecting on his trade from the Texas Rangers.

I know that Saltalamacchia needed a fresh start, but I find this quote rather curious, because I never got any sense that the Rangers didn’t want the guy. Indeed, while Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus have become budding stars, at the time Saltalamacchia was seen as the key to the Mark Teixeira trade. The Rangers actually went to great lengths to give him the starting catching job, it seemed, trading away Gerald Laird and naming him starter on multiple occasions.

Injuries happened. Those throwing yips happened. I don’t think it was ever a matter of desire. It was simply a matter of the Rangers needing a catcher who could help them win ballgames and Saltalamacchia was never that guy for any number of reasons. It happens. 

  1. RichardInBigD - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    When Benji’s done in Texas, it will most likely be a Teagarden/Ramirez tandem to do the catching in Arlington. What they don’t learn from Molina, they can learn from each other, since they posess complimentary skill sets. And I don’t really know about Molina, but Teagarden’s high school coach, as well as a former team mate who’s now an assistant at that high school, say Teagarden’s baseball IQ is as high as they’ve ever seen. Even if he never learns to hit major league pitching on a consistent basis, we may see him managing at some time in the future. Salty, on the other hand, is a first baseman that can squat. A valuable asset, but not the right fit for the Rangers at this time…

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Wait til Boston resigns Victor Martinez and Jason Varatek this off-season…wonder if “Salty” will feel as wanted?

  3. mcsnide - Aug 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    My personal favorite comment about the trade was this gem from Theo: “He’s throwing the ball back to the pitcher fine”
    When you feel the need to clarify that your catcher is able to throw the ball back to the pitcher…

  4. JBerardi - Aug 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Boston gave up legitmate prospects to get Saltalamacchia. They’re not going to turn around and block him with the bloated, festering corpse of Jason Varitek.

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