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Marlins Release Saltalamacchia

On Tuesday Jarrod Saltalamacchia was given the dreaded designated for assignment, and today they have flat out released him.

What will it cost the Marlins?

The Marlins parted ways with the veteran even though he has nearly two seasons left on the $21 million, three-year contract he signed before the 2014 season. According to baseball-reference.com he was paid $6 million last year by the Marlins, and is owed $7 million this year and $8 million next year. Since he cleared waivers, any team could sign him for a prorated share of the $507,500 major league minimum, and what the Marlins owe him would be reduced by that amount.

Why did they release him?

Saltalamacchia batted .222 last year with a slugging percentage of .357, worst among regular catchers. He also committed 15 errors, the most by a catcher since 2003. This year he is 2 for 29 (.069) with 12 strikeouts. He played poorly last year and lost his starting job early this season to top prospect J.T. Realmuto.

A lot of people wondered why he got such a hefty payday for a guy who has a career batting average of .240 he has walked 242 times while striking out 803, although to be fair he has averaged 20 home runs and 72 RBI’s.

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