Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins on a three-year deal worth $21 million, according to a major league source. The former Red Sox catcher selected the Marlins over the Minnesota Twins.
Saltalamacchia resides in Wellington, Fla., about 70 miles from Marlins Park.
Saltalamacchia, 28, hit .273 with an .804 OPS for the Sox last season. His 54 extra-base hits were the most for a catcher in the American League.
But after serving as the primary catcher for much of the regular season, Saltalamacchia lost playing time to David Ross in the postseason. Ross started the final three games of the World Series. Saltalamacchia was angry about the demotion, and that helped spur his willingness to look elsewhere.
The Red Sox had been interested in retaining him, but on no more than a two-year contract. Then on Tuesday, the Sox signed free agent A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.