With Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Dioner Navarro and now A.J. Pierzynski off the market, the free agent catching pool is thinning out. Teams still in need will be clamoring for backstop help, which is good news for Jarrod Salalamacchia who likely is the best available catcher still remaining in free agency.
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the veteran isn’t expected to remain without a team for long as it’s looking increasingly likely that Salty will be signed before next week:
Saltalamacchia’s market moving quickly enough now, there’s a good chance he’ll sign before winter meetings.
We’ve seen a handful of teams like the Minnesota Twins and Miami Marlins attempt to bring in catchers before losing out in the bidding process, so it’s likely both teams will be in on Saltalamacchia’s services.
The Twins would likely offer more money to Salty, though, Miami could have an upper hand in attempts to signing him considering he’s a West Palm Beach native.
And while we don’t know exactly where he’ll end up, we know he won’t return to Boston as the Red Sox signed the aforementioned Pierzynski early Tuesday morning, replacing Salty in Boston.