It's the beginning of February and Spring Training is just around the corner. It's the season of bargain deals, where you see established major league players go to different teams on a cheaper contract. This week, Joe Orsatti and I look at the chances Jarrod Saltalamacchia has to crack the Opening Day Roster for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the backup catcher to James McCann over in Detroit in 2016. He hit 12 home runs in 92 games with the Tigers, but only hit a measly .171 batting average. Saltalamacchia does have power in his bat, as he hit more than 14 home runs in 3 consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2013.
Right now, the Blue Jays have former top prospect A.J. Jimenez penciled in to be their back up catcher in 2017, as he is out of options. I do believe the Blue Jays will go with Saltalamacchia over Jimenez due to his experience in the majors. Saltalamacchia is a veteran of 10 MLB seasons, while A.J. Jimenez has yet to make his big league debut. If the Blue Jays do go with Salty at the backup catchers position, this will more than likely expose A.J. Jimenez to waivers.
Jimenez will have a much better chance to win the backup catching position elsewhere, as Toronto has added some catching depth to their system this off season, with names such as Juan Graterol, who appeared in nine games with the Angels in 2016, and Michael Ohlman, a career .261 hitter in the minors, competing for the position as well. Baseball is an unpredictable sport, so we will see what happens next month down in Dunedin.null