The Tigers have signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a 1-year deal that will pay him the major-league minimum, a source has confirmed to MLB Daily Dish. Saltalamacchia will still earn $8 million from the Marlins next year as part of the 3-year, $21 million deal he signed with Miami two years ago.
Saltalamacchia will serve as a backup to James McCann in Detroit after splitting his 2015 season between the Marlins and Diamondbacks. According to one baseball source, Saltalamacchia has lost 15 lbs. this offseason and is working with Gary Tuck, who was his catching coach during his time in Boston.
Saltalamacchia, 30, hit just .225/.310/.435 in 79 games with Miami and Arizona last season, though his 3-for-29 start with Miami skews that line to a degree. He hit nine home runs and is still considered a power threat after hitting more than ten home runs in each season from 2012 to 2014.