Saltalamacchia happy to join hometown Marlins

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Saltalamacchia happy to join hometown Marlins

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Michael Hill, left, president of baseball operations for the Miami Marlins smiles as Jarrod Saltalamacchia …

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia hopes to stick around with the Miami Marlins.

Miami went on a spending spree after the 2011 season and added All-Stars Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. When that didn't lead to success, the Marlins jettisoned most of their stars and cut payroll to about $42 million this year.

Now Miami is in addition mode again, agreeing last week to a $21 million, three-year contract with the catcher, who helped Boston win the World Series title. The Marlins don't give no-trade clauses, so another sell-off always is a possibility if Miami fails to improve on this year's 62-100 record and last-place finish in the NL East.

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