Saltalamacchia Signs with Marlins, Pierzynski with Red Sox

If you haven’t already heard, former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has signed a 3-year, $21M deal with Mets NL East Rival Miami Marlins, and, in turn, the Bosox replaced him by signing A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.

Interesting move by the Fish, who apparently feel that youngster Rob Brantly either needs more seasoning or is not cut out for everyday MLB duty behind the plate. You know, the same Miami Marlins who would appear to be behind the Mets in the rebuilding process. Or perhaps not?

Meanwhile, Pierzynski’s landing in Boston doesn’t affect the Mets, unless you thought they were interested in signing the veteran backstop to tutor Travis d’Arnaud. I hadn’t heard / seen any buzz to that effect.

What else might the Marlins do this winter? Or is signing Salty their “big fish” (pardon the pun) of the winter? Sound off in the comments.

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