Each day until free agency begins, we at Phillies Nation will take a look at a player who will become a free agent five days after the World Series’ conclusion. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost, and feasibility. Today, we will start with World Series-bound catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Saltalamacchia, or Salty as he is known to Sox fans, was a first round draft pick of the Braves in 2003 out of high school. Saltalamacchia did not disappoint in the minors and was named Baseball America’s #18 prospect in 2006 and #36 prospect in 2007. The Braves’ aggressive placement of Salty, and his performance in response to it, saw him make his MLB debut on his 22nd birthday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Salty was packaged with Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, and Matt Harrison by the Braves and sent to the Texas Rangers in a mega-deal for Ron Mahay and Mark Teixeira on July 31 of that same year. Salty struggled to stay in the Majors from 2007 through 2010 but finall...