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Rod Barajas would take less money to stay with the Pirates

Sep 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Rod Barajas‘ one-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates includes a $3.5 million team option for 2013 that is all but certain to be declined considering he’s 37 years old and hitting .197.

However, the veteran catcher told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that he’d be willing to take a lesser salary if the Pirates wanted him back next season, saying: “I would like to be back here … if that means we have to try to figure something out, then absolutely.”

Of course, even then Pittsburgh might not be interested. In addition to struggling offensively Barajas has thrown out just 4-of-65 stolen base attempts. General manager Neal Huntington was non-committal when asked about Barajas’ status, explaining that “we’re open to any consideration, but I’m not ready to commit to anything right now.”

It’s hard to imagine the Pirates not being able to do better regardless of how much of a pay cut Barajas has in mind.

  1. cur68 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Rod just tired of packing his bags all the time. He’s afraid of getting as many air miles as Octavio Dotel. Over half way, Rod: don’t stop now.

  2. purnellmeagrejr - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Maybe they promised him he’d only have to work one day a week.

  3. hushbrother - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Rod’s contributions can be summed up thusly: good veteran presence, good baserunner, AJ Burnett likes throwing to him. He really should not be more than a once-a-week catcher.

  4. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I heard the Phillies have offered him a million to play anywhere other then Philly

    Philadelphia’s distaste for Mr. Barajas ….can be traced to a single play in a single game on a single day—May 23, 2007—and a tradition that’s long been part of the ethos of being a catcher.

    That night, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the Phillies began the bottom of the ninth inning with Mr. Barajas behind the plate, closer Brett Myers on the mound, and a four-run lead over the Florida Marlins. The Marlins, though, cut the lead to one.

    With Hanley Ramirez on second base with two outs, Florida’s Aaron Boone singled to center field. The throw beat Mr. Ramirez home. But instead of blocking the plate, Mr. Barajas stood up to try to tag Mr. Ramirez, who was able slide through Mr. Barajas’s legs and score the tying run…..few have forgotten Mr. Barajas’ failure to block the plate, especially because of what happened long before the play and what took place immediately after it….two pitches after Mr. Ramirez scored, Mr. Myers strained his right shoulder and didn’t pitch again for two months.

  5. gunpowderjones - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    They do better every time they start his backup. Much better.

  6. modellforprez - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    4 milly for a fat slob who is 4-65 on base stealers hits 1.67% and has the grizzlies and he’ll take less cheese. c’mon money you should play for free next year word bond

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