Saltalamacchia happy to join hometown Marlins

RONALD BLUM (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressDecember 9, 2013
Saltalamacchia happy to join hometown Marlins
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Michael Hill, left, president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins smiles as Jarrod Saltalamacchia tires on his new jersey at the MLB winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Saltalamacchia signed a three-year deal with the Marlins. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia hopes to stick around with the Miami Marlins.

Miami went on a spending spree after the 2011 season and added All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. When that didn't lead to success, the Marlins jettisoned most of their stars and cut payroll to about $42 million this year.

Now Miami is in addition mode again, agreeing last week to a $21 million, three-year contract with the catcher, who helped Boston win the World Series title. The Marlins don't give no-trade clauses, so another sell-off always is a possibility if Miami fails to improve on this year's 62-100 record and last-place finish in the NL East.