According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Marlins are "extreme favorites" for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post heard from a Rockies source on Tuesday afternoon that a deal between Salty and the Marlins had already been struck, but it's not quite official yet. Passan says the Fish have offered the 28-year-old catcher a three-year contract worth $7-8 million per season. That should do the trick.
Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post hears that Jarrod Saltalamacchia is headed to the Marlins.
Saltalamacchia was reportedly deciding between the Marlins and Twins, but he apparently found a more appealing offer in Miami. We're still waiting on confirmation elsewhere, but Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis previously reported that the Marlins had offered Salty a two-year deal with a club option for a third year.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers will not pursue Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Some have speculated on a possible reunion since A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, but the Rangers are focused on other options, including Kurt Suzuki. The market for Saltalamacchia is expected to come down to the Twins and Marlins.
Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN reports that the Marlins have offered Jarrod Saltalamacchia a two-year deal with a club option for a third yer.
Mackey speculates that the Twins could have the edge if they add a third guaranteed year. The market for Saltalamacchia is moving quickly, with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick suggesting that he could make a decision before next week's Winter Meetings.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN hears that the industry sense is that the Twins and Marlins need to make their final offers to Jarrod Saltalamacchia within the next day.
Wolfson speculates that three years and $24 million could get a deal done, with the belief that the Twins would have to top the Marlins' offer in order to lure him to Minnesota. Either way, we should have some resolution soon.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the market for Jarrod Saltalamacchia is "moving quickly" and that there's "a good chance" he could sign before next week's Winter Meetings.
This confirms a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who wrote that Saltalamacchia could make a decision in the early part of this week. The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski, which leaves the Twins and Marlins as the most likely landing spots. The Rangers are also a possibility, though it's unclear whether they have interest in a reunion.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe was told by two sources that it's "unlikely" Jarrod Saltalamacchia will return to the Red Sox.
The Red Sox have offered Salty a two-year deal, but it apparently isn't going to cut it. The Twins and Marlins are also after the catcher, with the Marlins known to have made an offer. Saltalamacchia should have no trouble getting a three-year deal after batting .273/.338/.466 with 14 homers this past season.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins recently made an offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Rosenthal isn't sure what the terms were, but it's clear that the Marlins are serious in their attempt to upgrade at the catcher position. Saltalamacchia has a two-year offer on the table from the Red Sox but is likely seeking for a third guaranteed year. The 28-year-old backstop is looking to cash in after batting .273/.338/.466 with 14 homers in 2013.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia's agent, Jim Munsey, has denied there are any concerns about his client's health.
ESPN's Buster Olney suggested on WEEI on Wednesday that health questions were having an impact on Saltalamacchia's market, but Munsey strongly denied any such talk. "Salty has just finished his third straight year without being on the DL, which makes him different from both [Brian] McCann and [Carlos] Ruiz," Munsey said in an email. "There are no medical issues hindering his market." While Olney found it curious that a team like the Cubs weren't involved for Saltalamacchia, Munsey said that the club already has a regular catcher (Welington Castillo) in place and is allocating their resources elsewhere. Saltalamacchia still appears poised to land a nice contract in free agency, regardless of whether he returns to the Red Sox.