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Dodgers re-sign Rod Barajas after dropping Russell Martin

Dec 3, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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Last night the Dodgers non-tendered Russell Martin and then quickly answered questions about their post-Martin catching situation by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal.

Barajas was claimed off waivers from the Mets following Martin’s hip injury and played well down the stretch, hitting .297 with five homers and a .939 OPS in 25 games. However, he hit just .225 with a .677 OPS in 74 games for the Mets and is a 35-year-old career .239 hitter whose 20-homer power is canceled out by a ghastly .284 on-base percentage.

General manager Ned Colletti indicated that Barajas “would take the lion’s share” of starts behind the plate, with minor-league veteran A.J. Ellis serving as his backup, although the Dodgers haven’t officially ruled out re-signing Martin. Colletti and Dodgers fans were no doubt impressed by Barajas’ performance down the stretch, but he’s likely to disappoint over a full season.

  1. Utley's Hair - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    Wasn’t Russell Martin supposed to be the second coming of Mike Piazza?

  2. BC - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Is Barajas any good defensively? I never really thought he was more than average.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

      That’s why the Phightins dropped him for Chooch. And he wasn’t anything to write home about offensively, either. Alas, he apparently has a big bat vs. the Phils—but then again, so do most ex Phils.

  3. gammagammahey - Dec 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Hey, remember in June when David Lennon said the Mets should sign Barajas to an extension after two good months? Good times.

  4. seattlej - Dec 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    So, let’s see… yep, the Dodgers just picked up two guys with sub-.310 career OBPs. And I’m betting they’ll bat them back to back near the top of the lineup.

  5. Joe - Dec 3, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    So the Dodgers have made a couple of moves, but nothing that actually helps the team. Do I have that right?

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