December 10, 2013

Major League Baseball Notebook: Saltalamacchia seeks long stay with Marlins

The Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hopes to stick around with the Miami Marlins.

Miami went on a spending spree after the 2011 season and added All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. When that didn’t lead to success, the Marlins jettisoned most of their stars and cut payroll to about $42 million this year.

Now Miami is in addition mode again, agreeing last week to a $21 million, three-year contract with the catcher, who helped Boston win the World Series title. The Marlins don’t give no-trade clauses, so another sell-off always is a possibility if Miami fails to improve on this year’s 62-100 record and last-place finish in the NL East.

“I was never really worried about anything but things that I can control,” Saltalamacchia said Monday when he was introduced at the winter meetings. “I can control the way I go out there and prepare for a game. I can control my preparation and my plan of attack of every hitter, every at-bat. So I was never really focused on anything other than what I can control and my teammates.”

In his third and final season with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia hit a career-best .273 with 15 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBI. But he slumped to .188 in the postseason and was benched for the final three games of the World Series.

First baseman Garrett Jones agreed to terms with Miami on a $7.75 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The deal hasn’t been finalized and Jones had yet to take his physical.

Jones, a six-year veteran, spent the past four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

RED SOX: Manager John Farrell expects Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz and Andrew Miller to be ready for the start of spring training.

Pedroia had surgery on his left thumb in November and Farrell said his feisty second baseman had the pin taken out last week. Buchholz pitched through neck and shoulder problems during much of the season, including his Game 4 start against the Cardinals in the World Series. Farrell said the righty has started his offseason strengthening program and has not felt any discomfort.

 

WHITE SOX: Chicago and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino agreed to a one-year, $1.75-million contract that includes a club option for 2015.

 

YANKEES: Nelson Mandela will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

The team said the plaque will be dedicated during Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies before a game against the Chicago Cubs next April 15.

The former South African president, who died last week, gave an address at old Yankee Stadium on June 21, 1990, four months after the end of a 27-year imprisonment. He put on a Yankees cap and jacket and told the crowd: “You know who I am. I am a Yankee.”

 

INDIANS: Cleveland signed free-agent first baseman David Cooper to a major league contract.

 

ROY HALLADAY retired after 16 seasons, citing a desire to avoid surgery for an ailing back and wanting to spend more time with his family.

Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Blue Jays, where he spent the first 12 years of his career.

 

CURT SCHILLING is replacing Orel Hershiser on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast crew next season.

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