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Jarrod Saltalamacchia on M&M: ‘I was upset’ about Red Sox’ lack of interest

12.10.13 at 2:30 pm ET
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Former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday morning to discuss his offseason negotiations with Boston, his decision to sign with the Marlins, and the reports that he had a falling out with Sox manager John Farrell this offseason.

Despite showing an interest in returning to Boston in 2014, Saltalamacchia ultimately signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 3.

‘€œIt’€™s real tough. You don’€™t want to just go to different teams, regardless of if its free agency, trades, it doesn’€™t matter,’€ Saltalamacchia said. ‘€œYou don’€™t want to continue to move around, especially if you’€™ve got a wife and kids. ‘€¦ I was upset. I was trying to get something done with [Boston] for a couple of years now. I was open to negotiations during the season [and] spring training. It didn’€™t matter.

‘€œBut, they just wanted to wait, and I kind of had no choice but to test the free agent market, and unfortunately I’€™m not coming back, but I get a chance to go and be with a lot of young, good pitchers that are really just starting to begin their careers, and it’€™s going to be exciting to be a part of it.’€

A sticking point in the negotiations reportedly was the length of the contract, as Boston has shown to be hesitant in signing catchers to long-term deals with prospects such as Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart in the minor leagues.

I was open to two years as well, but obviously, as a player, you want to have that stability,’€ Saltalamacchia said, adding: ‘€œThree years is big. You don’€™t want to have to go back into the free agent market after two years. ‘€¦ It had something to do with it, but ultimately it was a decision that me and my family had to make.’€

There was a report that Saltalamacchia developed a strained relationship with manager John Farrell, who chose to give David Ross more action in the World Series. Saltalamacchia said it’s not true that he had not been in touch with Farrell after the season.

‘€œI don’€™t think so,’€ Saltalamacchia said. ‘€œHe texted me probably two weeks or a week into the offseason. ‘€¦ I don’€™t feel like we did any less talking than we did during the season or during the offseason last year. I don’€™t think that’€™s too accurate.’€

A.J. Pierzynski is expected to take over behind the plate for the Red Sox in 2014 after signing a one-year deal last week. Pierzynski, who turns 37 later this month, hit .270 with 17 home runs in 134 games with the Rangers in 2013.

‘€œI respect the heck out of A.J. That’€™s a guy who, on the other side, you hate him obviously because he’€™s such a competitor and you’€™re like, ‘€˜Man, that guy just gets on your nerves or whatever,’€™ but up until I actually met him for the first time, it’€™s like a lot of players you watch on the other side, you don’€™t feel the same way until you meet the guy, and then you’€™re like, ‘€˜Wow, I was completely wrong,’€™ and that’€™s how A.J. is to me,’€ Saltalamacchia said.

Added Saltalamacchia: ‘€œNo matter what you say about the guy, he’€™s out there playing his 130-140 games every year. ‘€¦ The guy goes out there and plays and gives it everything he’€™s got.’€

To listen to the interview, visit the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.

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