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Tigers sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia to minor-league deal

After struggling at the plate the last couple seasons, the Tigers have signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor-league contract.

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The Detroit Tigers have signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Saltalamacchia, 32, went just 1-for-25 last season at the dish for the Blue Jays in 10 games, and spent the majority of the league in the minor leagues. Salatamacchia has failed to hit above .225 since his 2013 campaign with the Red Sox. This is the second time the switch-hitting catcher Saltalamacchia has spent time in Detroit, as he played 92 games with the club in 2016 hitting .171/284/.346.

The Tigers depth chart at the catching position is open, with John Hicks, Derek Norris, James McCann, Bryan Pena, and others all competing for playing time behind the plate. With much competition for playing time at catcher for Detroit, it is unclear how much time, if any, Saltalamacchia will actually see with the big league club.