It is doubtful the Boston Red Sox are going to let Jarrod Saltalamacchia go. However, the fact is the catcher is a free agent that many teams are interested in. One team in particular that desperately needs to improve the catcher position is the Miami Marlins. I understand Saltalamacchia might be out of the organization’s price range, but they still must consider him as a possibility.
Second-year catcher Rob Brantly is simply not getting the job done. His .211 batting average, one home run and 18 RBI in 223 at-bats in 2013 were horrendous. He is someone the Marlins would love to see pan out, but at this point, Miami needs to consider the possibility of going in a new direction.
The Marlins have no choice but to make some moves in the offseason that will motivate the fans. Miami has some young talented players that give the organization hope. With that being said, there needs to be a few solid additions in order to greatly improve the team’s chances in the ensuing years.
Saltalamacchia is one player in particular that could do wonders for the franchise. He is a proven asset at the plate who has displayed plenty of power. More importantly, he is a fantastic defensive catcher who gives pitchers plenty of confidence.
Miami is not really in a place to be spending a lot of money, which will certainly hurt their chances with Saltalamacchia considering the 28-year-old is looking for a wealthy long-term contract. On the other hand, the Marlins have to make some smart investments at some point. Why not start with a proven catcher and build from there?