MIAMI (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins.
The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the contract had not been finalized.
Saltalamacchia started for the Boston Red Sox the past three seasons, but they were reluctant to give him a multiyear deal.
A switch-hitter, Saltalamacchia batted a career-high .273 with 15 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBIs last season for the World Series champions. But he struck out 139 times in 121 games each of the past two years.
Under terms of the agreement, Saltalamacchia will make $6 million in 2014, $7 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016.
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AP Sports Writer Ron Blum in New York contributed to this report.
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