JUPITER, Fla. -- There's no place like home and Jarrod Saltalamacchia is finally there.
The Royal Palm Beach graduate made his spring training debut with the Marlins over the weekend in Jupiter, not too far from his Wellington home.
In the offseason Miami agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract with the 28-year old catcher, who helped Boston win the World Series title last season.
In his third and final season with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia hit a career-best .273 with 15 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBIs.
Saltalamacchia, also pursued by Minnesota following the 2013 season, gets $6 million this year, $7 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016, making him the highest-paid player on a team that ranked 29th last year in salaries, ahead of only the Houston Astros.
Playing closer to his hometown will allow Jarrod to spend more time with his wife and three young daughters.
ESPN 106.3 on WPTV's Emerson Lotzia goes 1-on-1 with the hometown kid in the video attached to this story.