Jarrod Saltalamacchia is a free agent after the 2013 campaign, but the folks in Massachusetts are currently wishing that the Boston Red Sox had never traded for him in the first place.
If you can remember; “Salty” was acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2010. Saltalamacchia has enjoyed quite a bit of success at just 28 years old, yet his errant throw in Game 3 of the 2013 World Series is going to haunt him forever.
While most MLB fans are busy chatting about the “obstruction” call on Will Middlebrooks; had the Red Sox’ catcher not thrown the ball so poorly to third base in the first place then the St. Louis Cardinals would have runners at the corners with two outs — something that Boston closer Koji Uehara has gotten out of in the past. All in all; It was a poor decision by Saltalamacchia to get greedy and try to nab the Cardinals’ Allen Craig at third base.
Now, Middlebrooks and Saltalamacchia are the scapegoats and St. Louis can rejoice over a 2-1 World Series lead. Considering the magnitude of this error by Salty, you have to wonder if the Red Sox will decide to use back-up catcher David Ross exclusively for the rest of the series. Even still, the Red Sox can pin this loss on one errant throw by a sub-par defensive catcher.