Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Salty Was Shocked At 'Low-Ball' Red Sox Offer

(USAToday Photo)
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was disappointed in the team's contract offer over the Winter. Said Salty, "I wasn't asking for the moon. Based on what I got here. But they weren't willing to go anywhere near that. I was shocked. The more I thought about it, I realized, based on how they felt, that they didn't offer me anything during the year. I don't think that was ever a goal for them. Wanting to go with their young guys seemed to be the major reason." According to the World Series Champion backstop, Boston only offered a two-year conditional deal—the lowest of the seven offers he got in the off-season. Saltalamacchia eventually signed with the Miami Marlins for three-years and $21 million. Salty regrets leaving Boston—especially after what happened last year. He stated, "So many friends I made, so many charitable contributions that I was a part of. What that city went through and the people in it and the casualties, it makes it tougher to leave that behind." We certainly can't argue with the Red Sox strategy on catching, but we all wish Salty success in South Beach!