The Blues Jays released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Wednesday. He had previously passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment back on April 28.
Signed to a minor-league contract over the winter, Saltalamacchia made the team as Russell Martin’s backup. But Saltalamacchia got off to a horrid start for Toronto and didn’t even last a month on the roster. Across 26 plate appearances in 10 games of action, Salty managed one single. That’s it. He hit .040 and struggled defensively like he has much of his career. Saltalamacchia failed to throw out any of the nine base stealers that ran on him. When he’s not hitting, he’s pretty much useless.
Saltalamacchia just turned 32 on Tuesday. He’s likely going to have to settle for another minor-league deal if he’s going to latch on with another team. Salty hasn’t hit since the first half of last season with the Tigers. Luke Maile is the new backup in Toronto.