Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
5 months ago

The Blue Jays released Saltalamacchia from his minor-league contract with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Saltalamacchia joined the Bisons on a minor-league deal May 16, just 13 days after being released by the Jays following his .117 OPS and 16 strikeouts in 26 MLB plate appearances. The 32-year-old had a .162/.271/.243 slash line in 33 games with Buffalo. A veteran catcher might draw some appeal on the open market, but Saltalamacchia is no longer worth monitoring in fantasy circles.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
6 months ago

Saltalamacchia signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

After failing to garner any interest on the free market over the past couple weeks, Saltalamacchia will return to the team he began the season with. He only mustered one hit during his time in the big leagues, and given Toronto's choice to DFA earlier in the year, he'll likely serve as nothing more than an organizational depth piece with Triple-A Buffalo moving forward.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
7 months ago

Saltalamacchia was released by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Mike Wilner of the Blue Jays Radio Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

"Salty" was designated for assignment Friday after producing just one hit in 26 plate appearances, and it appears the veteran opted to find work elsewhere rather than spend time in Toronto's minor-league ranks. His vast big-league experience could pose some intrigue on the open market, but Saltalamacchia will have a hard time finding anything better than backup duty until he begins to show signs of life at the plate again.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
7 months ago

Saltalamacchia was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Friday, John Lott of the Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays finally ran out of patience with Saltalamacchia, who has struggled mightily at the plate this season. After a disappointing 2016 in which he hit for a .171 batting average, the veteran catcher is slashing .040/.077/.040 in his 26 plate appearances so far in 2017.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
7 months ago

Saltalammachia received high praise from Saturday's batterymate, Marco Estrada, and the two have developed productive chemistry that could lead to more playing time for the catcher, Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saltalamacchia, who signed with the Jays in the offseason, has started just two of the team's first 13 games while amassing a measly 10 at-bats. However, the door may be open to increased plate appearances after Estrada -- who struggled last time out -- pointed to the 31-year-old's influence as a key to the pitcher's seven scoreless innings. "It was the way Salty called the game. I was just trying to follow him, elevated a lot of fastballs and had them swinging at it," said the right-hander. As of now, Saltalamacchia is unworthy of a fantasy roster spot. But, if he settles in as Estrada's routine catcher, then the veteran could turn up as a nice value play in daily leagues on occasion.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
7 months ago

Saltalamacchia is hitting eighth in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

It marks just the second start this season for the backup catcher, who is just 1-for-7 at the plate thus far. With Russell Martin struggling to a .076 average out of the gate, Saltalamacchia could make a case for more playing time with some strong offensive production -- though that may be wishful thinking considering his dismal 2016 season.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
7 months ago

Saltalamacchia is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Friday's game against the Rays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Russell Martin gets the day off, allowing Saltalamacchia a rare starting opportunity. The switch-hitter will look to make an immediate impact upon his new team, though he'll need improve upon his 2016 stat line -- .171/.284/.346 -- if he is to see more regular playing time in a talented Blue Jay lineup.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
8 months ago

The Blue Jays purchased Saltalamacchia's contract from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Russell Martin will work as the Blue Jays' primary option at catcher, but Saltalamacchia, who attended spring training as a non-roster invitee, quickly distinguished himself as the top candidate for backup duties. The veteran backstop still has some power in his bat, but his .309 career on-base percentage will make it difficult for him to seriously push Martin for playing time.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
8 months ago

Saltalamacchia's workload this season will depend heavily on how much work starter Russell Martin wants to take on, Corey Long of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Gibbons said that he isn't too far off from disclosing the Blue Jays' planned pitching rotation this season. In the process of making that announcement, he will also figure out how he wants to utilize the backup catcher. The skipper added that he'll look to identify which pitcher Saltalamacchia meshes with best early in the campaign before making a set schedule for the catchers. Ultimately, though, the divvying of playing time will be up to Martin. "Really, it's going to revolve around Russ and when he needs a day," Gibbons said. In 2016, Martin logged his heaviest workload in seven season, but the gritty veteran is unlikely to cede any time behind the dish if he can avoid it. For now, Saltalamacchia is nothing more than a handcuff for Martin owners and a punt in daily leagues when he's called upon.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
C/1B FA
9 months ago

Saltalamacchia will enter camp as the favorite to back up starting catcher Russell Martin, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This news contradicts another story from MLB.com that suggests A.J. Jimenez will be the team's backup. With the latter out of options, the Jays risk losing the 26-year-old Jimenez to waivers if they opt for Saltalamacchia on Opening Day. Saltalamacchia will be entering his 10th big league season and has a career .234/.309/.413 slash line. A savvy veteran he may be, but a fantasy asset he's not. Even if Saltalamacchia beats out Jimenez this spring, he won't be worth a roster spot in most formats if Martin remains healthy.