LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fl. - Jarrod Saltalamacchia expressed his disappointment that he and the Red Sox could not work out a deal to keep him in Boston. Boston only offered him a two-year deal.
But Saltalamacchia, who blogged his appreciation to the Red Sox fans, has moved on and said in a press conference today how happy he was to be a Miami Marlin.
"On my side of it, I was a little bit (disappointed)," said Saltalamacchia at the Winter Meetings at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel. "But at the same time, they're in a different situation. I'm not in all the meetings. I don't know what their plans are in the future. I didn't see a lot of the players besides up in the big league level. So, I understand there's a lot of thought process that goes into it and a lot of different things. I wasn't hurt by it. I'm in a good place, so at the end of the day, that's kind of what's important."
Certainly a different place.
The Marlins will struggle for a while. But Saltalamacchia pointed out the Red Sox went from worst to first.
Saltalamacchia said he didn't speak to either John Farrell or Ben Cherington until well after the parade.
"It wasn't about anything in the future," Saltalamacchia said when asked about his conversation with Cherington. "It was just mainly about what I've done since I've been here and how proud he was of me. And it was kind of the same for him. I thanked him for giving me the opportunity that I wasn't getting in Texas. They gave me the opportunity and brought me over here and took a chance on me, and I think it paid off for both sides."
Saltalamacchia will earn $7 million per year on a three-year deal. He's reunited with former Red Sox coach Rob Leary, who is now Mike Redmond's bench coach.