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Twins have Jarrod Saltalamacchia on their radar

Nov 24, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

Jarrod Saltalamacchia AP

Now in the mix for a catcher after moving Joe Mauer to first base, the Twins could pursue free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He suggests Salty could fetch a three-year deal in the $30 million range, which is in the Twins’ affordability range. They currently have $46 million committed to six players after opening up the 2013 season at $86 million.

Saltalamacchia is coming off of his best season, a tremendous improvement over 2012. He increased his batting average and on-base percentage by about 50 points each, and some felt his defense took a step forward as well. As he turns 29 years old in May, signing him to a three-year pact wouldn’t be as much of a risk as the Yankees signing Brian McCann for five years, as an example.

  1. slaugin - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Ughhh… If all It takes is 3 years and the Sox don’t sign him but instead get Scumbag Piezinsky I will be pissed.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Nick Cafardo seems to be one of those writers who make stuff up but protects his ass by using words such as “could”.

  3. sawxalicious - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I don’t know if Salty would want to go from a World Series winning team to a team likely to not even sniff the playoffs for a couple years.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Show him the money!

      • dan1111 - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:20 AM

        Yeah, but are the Twins willing to overpay for him? My guess is that at least one competitive team will be ready to give him 3/$30m, and it will take more for the Twins to get it done.

  4. albertmn - Nov 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    I get that the Twins moved Mauer, but I would rather they go with Pinto, Herrmann, and Doumit at catcher and spend that money somewhere else. Maybe a starting pitcher or three, an infielder that can hit, etc. This isn’t to say Saltalamacchia is a bad player, but he isn’t close to the biggest need for the Twins.

    • paperlions - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      The problem is that apparently $32M only gets you freaking Jason Vargas…if that is the case, better to spend it on Salty.

      • albertmn - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I understand that pitchers like Vargas aren’t cheap, even if not great (4.02 ERA in 2013). But, he was better last year than Pelfrey, Diamond, Hernandez, Gibson, Worley, Hendricks, and DeVries who combined for 103 starts for the Twins last year, all with ERAs of 5.19 or higher (many were much higher). With the Twins, a pitcher doesn’t have to be great to be an upgrade.

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