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Storylines: Jarrod Saltalamacchia signs minors league deal with Blue Jays

The Blue Jays shored up their catching position with the signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Tuesday, plus all the other news and notes from around baseball...

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- The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their catching depth signing veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor-league deal per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.  The Blue Jays had been linked to Saltalamacchia for a while so the signing comes as little surprise.  He can earn up to $1.25MM in salary if he is able to crack the roster out of Spring Training.  The Blue Jays are in need of some left-handed power and Saltalamacchia provides just that.  He only hit .171/.284/.346 over 292 plate appearances with the Detroit Tigers last season but did slug 12 home runs with ten of them coming from the left side of the plate.  He is most likely not an everyday player anymore but can provide some depth at the catcher’s position and provide rest for Russell Martin down the stretch, and maybe continue to supply pop from the left side of the plate to help balance out the lineup.

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- The San Francisco Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2MM per Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group.  The Giants needed a backup catcher to provide rest for Buster Posey and were thin on options.  Hundley represents an upgrade at the back-up catcher spot.

- The New York Mets have reportedly informed outfielder Jay Bruce he’ll be the starting right fielder on Opening Day per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.  Bruce only hit .219/.294/.391 in 50 games with the Mets last season after arriving in New York at the deadline and also grades out poorly as a defender in right field.  The Mets were reportedly shopping him in the offseason after bringing Yoenes Cespedes back in the fold but teams have been unwilling to meet their asking price.  Curtis Granderson could end up getting shipped out instead as he has reportedly drawn more trade interest but for now it appears that Bruce, Granderson and Cespedes will be the starting outfield for the Mets.


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