Sep 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT
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.
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