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UPDATE: OK, so the Dodgers gave Rod Barajas $3.25 million

Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Nevermind. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Barajas will receive $3.25 million. This changes everything.

8:49 PM: And you thought the Juan Uribe contract was silly.

That’s right. According to Ken Gurnick of, the Dodgers have signed Rod Barajas to a one-year, $3.8 million contract.

Yes, that Rod Barajas. The one with a .284 career on-base percentage. The one who couldn’t find a guaranteed major league contract until right before spring training. The one who the Mets gave up on in August.

Ned Colletti was obviously convinced by what he saw down the stretch, as Barajas batted .297/.361/.578 with five home runs, 13 RBI and a 939 OPS over 72 plate appearances as a member of the Dodgers. The thing is, we have 3,083 career plate appearances as evidence that he simply isn’t worthy of a contract like this.

  1. pbannard - Dec 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    According to FanGraphs, he’s been worth an average of 1 WAR over the last four years. At this point, a win is worth a little over $4 million a year – doesn’t seem too unreasonable given that.

    • Lukehart80 - Dec 4, 2010 at 12:04 AM

      Yes, except every team has plenty of players in its system that can produce 1 WAR, for less than $1 million, much less what Barajas will be paid under this contract.

      • JBerardi - Dec 5, 2010 at 12:22 AM

        Also, Fangraphs sets replacement level at, like, ME.

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