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Rangers still interested in Rod Barajas

May 22, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Rod Barajas Mets.jpgAccording to T.R. Sullivan and Chris Cox of MLB.com, the Rangers would be interested in trading for Rod Barajas if and when the Mets become sellers.

The Rangers had interest in Barajas as a contingency plan before he signed an incentive-laden one-year, $500,000 contract with the Mets during spring training. It was a pretty easy choice for Barajas at the time, as he was assured of a starting gig in New York, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden were expected to open the season on the major league roster in Texas.

Barajas has been a pleasant surprise with the Mets, batting .269/.299/.571 over his first 119 at-bats. He leads the Mets and all major league catchers with 10 home runs. Meanwhile, Texas catchers have combined to bat just .200/.292/.300 with four home runs and 15 RBI. Saltalamacchia and Teagarden are now both in the minor leagues, with Matt Treanor and Max Ramirez functioning as the new tandem in the majors.

Barajas previously played with the Rangers from 2004-2006, but don’t look for a return anytime soon. Remember, the Mets refused to acknowledge themselves as sellers in the disaster that was last season, so it’s hard to imagine a scenario where they’d let him go.
  

  1. Joey B - May 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    “Remember, the Mets refused to acknowledge themselves as sellers in the disaster that was last season, so it’s hard to imagine a scenario where they’d let him go.”
    It might be too early for that. They’re not really a PO team, but they should be better than they’ve shown. If/when Reyes, Bay start hitting, and Beltran returns, they might be capable of playing .540 ball. Not enough to make the POs, but enough to entertain some of the fans. The entertainment value might be better than the B or C prospect they’d be getting for Barajas. Heck, he might even qualify as a type B FA, and the draft pick might be better than a B prospect.
    Gotta say no to this proposition.

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