Rangers Deal Saltalamacchia To Red Sox
DALLAS—As the Rangers wheeled and dealed at the trade deadline, they included only one surprising name in the group of prospects shipped off: Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Rangers dealt Saltalamacchia to the Red Sox for three minor leaguers and about $350,000 before the deadline. The trade created a spot on the 40-man roster for newly acquired infielder Cristian Guzman.
In three years with the Rangers, Saltalamacchia went from brilliant prospect to major league afterthought. The Rangers tried three different times to install him as their starting catcher, and he whiffed on all three. Either it was a slow bat, a persnickety body, or most recently, an unexplainable inability to throw back to the mound.
"There was no one factor that pushed us toward making the deal, but sometimes a change of scenery is just needed," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We felt he's had a lot going on the last couple of years here between injuries and expectations. We could have played this out longer, but we like the return we are getting."
The Rangers received first baseman Chris McGuiness, righthander Roman Mendez and a player to be named for Saltalamacchia.
Saltalamacchia's problem throwing the ball back to the mound first occurred last season, but was eventually attributed to thoracic outlet syndrome—a circulatory issue that required the removal of a rib. Saltalamacchia's throwing problem only worsened after the surgery, however. He began the season as the Opening Day catcher, but was placed on the disabled list after two games due to back and neck problems.
With the help of a sports psychologist, Saltalamacchia overcame the most significant of those problems, but his overall game never rebounded enough to get back to the majors.
"I would have loved to be part of this team. It wasn't in the cards at this time," Saltalamacchia told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
• First baseman Mitch Moreland became the third player from the Rangers' 2007 draft class to reach the majors, joining righthander Tommy Hunter and outfielder Julio Borbon.
• The 2007 draft class was huge, with five picks in the top 60. The Rangers dealt away both first-round picks (righthanders Blake Beavan and Michael Main), along with their third-round pick (righthander Evan Reed).