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Diamondbacks release Rod Barajas

Mar 25, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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Arizona offered Rod Barajas the backup catcher job in December and when he turned it down the Diamondbacks signed Wil Nieves instead.

Barajas eventually ended up taking a minor-league from the Diamondbacks anyway, but today they released him. That means Nieves will be Miguel Montero‘s backup and Barajas will have to go looking for another minor-league deal, as Arizona cut him loose to avoid paying a $100,000 bonus for agreeing to a Triple-A assignment.

Barajas can’t really throw any more and has always made a ton of outs, but he still has enough power to be a not-horrible veteran backup at age 37.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 25, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    That $100,000 dollar penalty strikes again.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Rumor: Brian Cashman broke his other ankle ambling for the phone to pick this guy up, too.

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