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The Detroit Tigers are bringing back veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a minor league deal.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Tigers announced they have agreed to terms to bring Jarrod Saltalamacchia back to the organization, including an invitation to Tigers spring training in Lakeland, Fla.

Saltalamacchia, 32, appeared in 43 games with Triple-A Buffalo and the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He batted .040 (1-for-25) with a run scored in the major leagues.

According to MLive Salty was ready to play indy ball or go to Japan before the signing happened.This is just a move to put in more depth at catcher. The Detroit Tigers have far and few in between veteran experience behind  James McCann, the move is also likely an indicator that the experiment with Derek Norris isn’t working out for the team. The signing of Norris wasn’t well received and he hasn’t helped his case so far through spring training.

Lynn Henning, of the Detroit News, wrote about Beau Borrows and his climb so far through the Tigers organization.

First, the Gulf Coast League that summer of 2015 after he had been drafted out of Weatherford (Texas) High. Then, the following season at Single-A West Michigan. Last year, it was Single-A Lakeland and a late promotion to Double-A Erie, where he learned various facts of life about how next-tier hitters compete.

His numbers, until late last summer, have been remarkably similar at each minor-league rung. Cumulatively, he has a 3.01 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average. He has steadily added innings. And he has packed on muscle to the point a 21-year-old who stands 6-foot-2 now weighs 220.

The Detroit Tigers prospect has logged solid numbers so far throughout his minor league career. He’s part of a group of prospects that have helped the Tigers have the 11th best pitching prospects in the MiLB.

The team has optioned the following players:

Artie Lewicki and Zac Reininger to Triple-A Toledo; Gerson Moreno and Spencer Turnbull to Double-A Erie; and Gregory Soto to Class A (Advanced) Lakeland.

 

(Top Photo Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

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