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Return of the King wrote:Jarrod Saltalamacchia (C) TEX
Saltalamacchia won't see any time at first base but is expected to drastically cut into Gerald Laird's time behind the plate, the team's web site reports. "[Saltalamacchia]'s not going to come up here and sit like a veteran backup would," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. While Salty hasn't been named the everyday catcher yet, an official announcement to that effect could come soon.
duckbillgates wrote:If I'm not mistaken, the Rangers already have two top catching prospects in their system (Max Ramirez and Taylor Teagarden (great baseball name!).
I'm not sure I understand why the Rangers are so adamant on leaving Saltalamacchia at catcher, particularly with their hole at first base (which is ironic as Travis Hafner, Adrian Gonzalez and Teixiera have all passed through their system).
Best case scenario for this season would be Salty splitting time between C/1B/DH. If he's getting more at-bats than your average catcher, he becomes quite valuable. If not, I'm not so sure ...
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