Saltalamacchia reportedly retires after 12 years

January 29th, 2019

on Monday announced his retirement after a 12-year MLB career, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Saltalamacchia was best known for helping the Red Sox win the 2013 World Series as their primary catcher for that season. He was also the Rangers' starting catcher when they defeated the Orioles, 30-3, on Aug. 22, 2007 to set the Major League record for most runs in a game. That afternoon, Saltalamacchia went 4-for-6 with seven RBIs, which tied teammate Ramon Vazquez for the most that day.

After winning it all with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins ahead of the '14 season, but he wound up being traded to the D-backs the following year and saw his production slowly decline in the ensuing years. From 2014-18, between stints with the Marlins, D-backs, Tigers and Blue Jays, Saltalamacchia slashed .200/.299/.362 and played in just 300 games (an average of just 60 per year). He played in five games for the Tigers in '18, going 0-for-7 as a September callup after spending most of the year with Triple-A Toledo, where he hit just .174.

Saltalamacchia was selected by the Braves 36th overall in the 2003 Draft out of Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Rosenthal shared a statement from Saltalamacchia on his Facebook page on Monday.