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Pirates sign Rod Barajas to one-year deal with club option for 2013

Nov 10, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that Barajas will make $4 million next season while the contract includes a $3.5 million option for 2013. Barajas made $3.25 million with the Dodgers in 2011.

11:58 AM: After declining the options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder at the end of October, the Pirates have settled on a new starting catcher for next season.

The Pirates just announced that they have signed veteran backstop Rod Barajas to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. No details on the contract information yet.

Barajas, 36, batted .230/.287/.430 with 16 home runs and 47 RBI over 336 plate appearances with the Dodgers this season. His .717 OPS was 20th among MLB catchers with at least 250 plate appearances. He threw out 25 percent (20-for-80) of would-be basestealers.

Barajas was a Type B free agent this offseason, so the Dodgers will receive a compensatory draft pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. rambodiaz - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    This is better than relying on McKenry, Pagnozzi or Jaramillo as the starter next year. Decent defense, and the potential for some pop in the bat. And, apparently, cheaper than Doumit or Snyder. Hopefully healthier, too.

  3. stairwayto7 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Why do I have a feelign he will get hurt by late April..

  4. mikedi33 - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Would not say he is a decent catcher defensively. There is a reason he does not stay with 1 team too long

    • rambodiaz - Nov 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      That’s interesting, Mike. Why do you say that? Are there certain metrics that support your statement?

      I wouldn’t say he’s great or anything, I’m just saying that he’s better than what the Bucs currently have as options behind the dish. The hope is that he’ll be a good placeholder until Tony Sanchez is ready, if that day ever comes. I didn’t bother to look at years previous to 2011, but Matt Klaassen’s 2011 Catcher Ratings at BTBS put him at #18 in the league.

      http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2011/11/1/2497088/2011-beyond-the-box-score-catcher-defense-rankings

      Look at the rest of the the Pirate catchers from last year, and you’ll see the he appears to be an upgrade. Significant, actually.

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