Former Texas Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and former Texas Rangers pitcher Dillon Gee each announced their retirements today. Saltalamacchia, 33, spent last season in the Detroit Tigers’ organization, appearing in 67 games at AAA Toledo and 5 games in the majors for Detroit. Gee, 32, pitched 4 games last year in Japan.
Saltalamacchia is, of course, the one of this pair whose stint with the Rangers is the most memorable. Saltalamacchia was portrayed as the centerpiece of the July 31, 2007, trade that sent Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to Atlanta for Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Beau Jones.