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  1. Rod Barajas retires, goes into managing

    Jan 14, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    Rod Barajas has officially called it a career after 14 seasons in the majors, but he’s not going to be out of work: Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 37-year-old longtime catcher has already accepted a new job as the Padres’ rookie-ball manager. Last season Barajas was released by the Diamondbacks during spring training,…

  2. Diamondbacks release Rod Barajas

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    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…

  3. Miguel Montero returns from thumb infection

    Feb 27, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    miguel montero getty

    Miguel Montero missed two games with what was initially called a splinter in his thumb, but when the Diamondbacks’ training staff couldn’t actually find a splinter they diagnosed him with an infection. Whatever the case, Montero is back in the lineup today and joked with Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he returned quickly to avoid…

  4. Diamondbacks sign catcher Rod Barajas

    Feb 8, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    Back in early December the Diamondbacks offered Rod Barajas their backup catcher job and he apparently turned it down, because they ended up re-signing Wil Nieves instead. Two months later Barajas remains a free agent and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have signed him after all. He gets a minor-league…

  5. The Mariners think they’re getting better, but probably aren’t

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    In Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik’s defense, he did aim high, pulling off a deal for Arizona’s Justin Upton that was negated by the right fielder’s no-trade clause. However, the moves that he’s actually completed this winter to aid the offense don’t bode particularly well for the Mariners’ 2013 hopes. – Traded OF Trayvon Robinson to…

  6. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  7. Diamondbacks re-sign Wil Nieves to one-year deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Wil Nieves

    In a move that probably puts an end to their pursuit of Rod Barajas the Diamondbacks have re-signed catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal, according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com. Magruder reports that Nieves will get $800,000 to serve as Miguel Montero‘s backup, which is the role the Diamondbacks reportedly offered to Barajas previously.…

  8. Diamondbacks offer backup catcher job to Rod Barajas

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Rod Barajas

    Arizona is in the market for a new backup catcher to play behind Miguel Montero and Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks had made an offer to free agent Rod Barajas. Barajas is 37 years old and very stretched as a regular both offensively and defensively, but playing a couple times per week…

  9. Pirates and Russell Martin agree to two-year, $17 million contract

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Russell Martin Getty

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees never made Martin an offer. In fact, they haven’t made an offer to any position players so far this offseason. 8:44 PM: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Martin agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. You could understand if the…

  10. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  11. Pirates options: Rod Barajas declined, Pedro Alvarez picked up

    Oct 31, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Pedro Alvarez

    Pittsburgh made a pair of expected option decisions, declining a $4 million deal with catcher Rod Barajas and exercising a $700,000 deal with third baseman Pedro Alvarez. Barajas knew the move was coming after he hit just .206 this season and has said he’d be willing to take less money to remain in Pittsburgh, but…

  12. Homer Bailey throws a no-hitter against the Pirates

    Sep 28, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    UPDATE: He did it! Homer Bailey has done it. He threw a no-hitter tonight against the Pirates as part of a 1-0 win. Bailey struck out pinch-hitter Brock Holt swinging to begin the ninth before getting pinch-hitter Michael McKenry to pop out to left field for the second out. He then Alex Presley to pop…

  13. Rod Barajas would take less money to stay with the Pirates

    Sep 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    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…

  14. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

  15. The Pirates and Reds are not liking one another right now

    Aug 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen AP

    On Friday, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a 101 mile-an-hour fastball by Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman. Then on Saturday, Reds starter Mike Leake hit Pirate Josh Harrison and barked at him. Yesterday Rod Barajas and Starling Marte were each hit by Reds pitchers. The Pirates did not retaliate during A.J. Burnett‘s win yesterday. And Barajas explained why:…

  16. Any takers for Kurt Suzuki?

    Jun 21, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki was a hot property two years ago. Young, productive and able to withstand an exceptionally heavy workload behind the plate, his name came up in plenty of rumors, even though there was nothing to suggest the A’s wanted to deal him. And they didn’t, a fact they now surely regret. On…

  17. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 18, 2012, 5:58 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    Braves 7, Marlins 0: Brandon Beachy: the best pitcher you haven’t heard of. He shuts out the Marlins on five hits and ups his record to 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Giants 7, Cardinals 5: Bad Cardinal defense and a little more offense than usual gave the Giants some runs on a day when Matt…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 9, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers batter Josh Hamilton runs to the dugout after hitting his fourth two-run home run in the eight inning against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore

    Rangers 10, Orioles 3: Josh Hamilton: four bombs, eight RBI and 18 total bases on a 5 for 5 night.   Every time he does something awesome this year I imagine him muttering something about how dumb it was for Jon Daniels not to talk about a contract extension before the season began. Yankees 5,…

  19. Looking at MLB’s least productive positions to date

    May 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady

    Nationals left fielders, “led” by Xavier Nady, have amassed an MLB-low .406 OPS in 101 at-bats to date, hitting just .119 with no homers and six RBI. Here’s the list of the worst OPSs by team and position so far, along with the player most responsible for the poor showing. LF Nationals – .406 (.119/.237/.168)…

  20. The Pirates are finished

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    This year, the Pirates are all about finishing what they start. According to The Associated Press, the team ordered dozens of black-and-yellow shirts with the phrase “finish” to remind the Pirates about the importance of mental toughness. The Pirates, of course, had a pretty nice first half last year before fading fast and finishing 72-90.…

  21. Running down the rosters: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    While it was a 19th straight sub-.500 season, the Pirates did finish with their best record since 2004 by going 72-90 last year. They’ve since added two starters to an already much-improved pitching staff. As for the offense, well, they’re just going to have to hope that the incumbents get better. Rotation A.J. Burnett –…

  22. 2012 projections: top 10 catchers

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    Buster Posey

    I’ll save the fantasy projections for the Rotoworld Draft Guide, but here are my top catchers for 2012 going by OPS: .878 - Buster Posey – Giants – 486 AB – .756 in 2011 .868 – Mike Napoli – Rangers – 413 AB – 1.046 in 2011 .867 – Carlos Santana – Indians – 524 AB –…

  23. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  24. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  25. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

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