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The Mets are making "a hard push" to get Rod Barajas

Feb 17, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

Barajas headshot.jpgSo much for Josh Thole: starting catcher.  Rosenthal:

The Mets are making “a hard push” for free-agent catcher Rod Barajas and negotiating with him on a one-year deal, according to major-league sources.

Little known fact: the name “Rod Barajas” is the California-ized version of “Bengie Molina.” Both roughly translate to “decent power, awful on-base skills.”

That said, if bringing in Barajas means that the chances of Omir Santos winning the starting job in a one-on-one competition with Thole are eliminated, it probably represents an improvement.

  1. Joey B - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    This is Barajas we’re talking about, right? How hard a push is necessary? He’ll represent about 1% of the payroll. It’s like me making a hard push to buy a bagel in the morning.

  2. BC - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    Well, at least I’ve HEARD OF this guy.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    The Royals are always on the hunt for low-OBP types.

  4. Stephen J. - Feb 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Mets offered Barajas a minor league, low dollar deal. How is that a “hard push”, Rosenthal?

  5. YANKEES1996 - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Omar looking to sign another “never had it” player! Oh, come on now he would never do that!

  6. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Barajas and Blanco. Yeah, that’ll fill the seats. OTOH, it would give Omar one more Latino player on the roster, and that seems to be a higher priority in his world.

  7. RichardInDallas - Feb 17, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    How F’ing hard of a push do you have to make to sign a 92 year old catcher???

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