Just 24 days following his release from the Miami Marlins, Jarrod Saltamalcchia will be re-joining a major league team, this time in Arizona.

Saltalamacchia, 30, signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Miami Marlins back in December of 2013. His inaugural season in Miami saw the catcher struggle: He batted .220/.320/.362 with 11 home runs in 114 games.

Through just nine games with the Marlins in 2015, things looked worse than ever. He batted .069/.182/.207 with just one home run and three RBI.

On May 15, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league contract. At the time, it was a low-risk deal for a catcher with a history of success, specifically with the Boston Red Sox. In four years with Boston, Saltalamacchia averaged .243, with 55 home runs and 83 doubles.

Saltalamacchia joins a Diamondbacks roster starving for offensive help from their catchers. 31-year-old Tuffy Gosewich has appeared in 38 games, batting just .211/.261/.281 with an OPS of just .542. Jordan Pachecohas appeared in just 24 games, slashing .208/.302/.321. Essentially, Arizona has nothing to lose by letting Saltalamacchia get a few swings in here and there.

 

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Shawn McFarland

Springfield College, '18, Sports Journalism/Communications major. High school sports correspondent at The Boston Globe; Cape Cod League at The Cape Cod Times. Formerly, USA TODAY, SB Nation.

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