Twins a finalist for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, resolution expected soon
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With a free-agent pitcher expected to be introduced Tuesday and another free agent arm likely joining the fold shortly after, what's next for the Twins?
A.J. Pierzynski will sign a one-year deal with the Red Sox, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. But a source familiar with the negotiations told 1500ESPN.com that Jarrod Saltalamacchia is considering the Twins as a finalist for the free-agent catcher's services.
In fact, the source believes there will be resolution in the next 24 to 48 hours regarding Saltalamacchia, barring an unforeseen development. The Miami Marlins are believed to be the front runner, and it could be down to as little as two teams, including the Twins. Other teams that have been in negotiations include the Rockies and White Sox.
The Marlins have already made a two-year offer with a third year team option, a source tells 1500ESPN's Phil Mackey. Saltalamacchia reportedly turned down a two-year deal from the Red Sox earlier this offseason in hopes of signing a longer deal.
The sense from negotiations is that the Twins and Marlins will need to submit final offers in the next day or two, according to one source with direct knowledge.
The catcher hit .273/.338/.466 in 470 plate appearances last season for Boston. He hit 14 home runs and 40 doubles. For his career, he strikes out in about 30 percent of his at-bats, in line with his 2013 numbers.
Saltalamacchia, 28, experienced by far the best season of his career in 2013 for the World Champion Red Sox. His on-base percentage in the two prior seasons was .288.