Mets Sign Rod Barajas

The Mets officially signed free agent catcher Rod Barajas to one-year Major League deal today. He's guaranteed $500K, with another $400K to come if he's on the team's Opening Day roster. Easily attainable games played incentives could put another $1MM in Barajas' pocket. 

Since the Type B free agent agreed to a Major League deal, the Blue Jays will receive a supplemental first-round pick (#41 overall) as compensation. Barajas turned down an offer of arbitration earlier in the winter and it probably cost him. He made $2.5MM with the Blue Jays last year and it would have been a surprise to see the club offer a significantly reduced salary. The Blue Jays, who signed catchers Jose Molina and John Buck, would not have obtained the compensation pick if Barajas had signed a minor league contract.

Mets' catchers hit a league-worst .254/.305/.380 last season. The 34-year-old Barajas hit .226/.258/.403 for the Blue Jays in 460 plate appearances, hitting 19 home runs.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com originally reported the deal, while SI.com's Jon Heyman added the details. Both links go to Twitter. 

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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100 Comments on "Mets Sign Rod Barajas"


Rich_in_NJ
5 years 5 months ago

Jeff Wilpon is doing a very poor job as shadow GM.

Infield Fly
5 years 5 months ago

Hear Hear!!….and that is exactly what many in the League predicted would happen. couldn’t someone just buy the Wilpons out?

Pretty please….?

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

free agent catcher*

phoenix88
5 years 5 months ago

are they really that desperate for a catcher? wow, just wow.

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

Yes they are – and they need to get it done

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, and I have a feeling that this is actually going to happen.

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

At least it will help our defense if it happens

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

yes

nymetsfaithful
5 years 5 months ago

You cleary aren’t baseball smart. wow, just wow.

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

Mets have all the bargaining power here. On Rangers he will get less playing time so offer a bit more cash and get it done. He is a bad hitter but has power, wilbat 8th anyway, and is a very good defender – a perfect stop gap player that will allow Thole to get more seasoning at AAA. So give him 1.5 mil and a major league deal. GET IT DONE!!!!!!!!!

dro1202
5 years 5 months ago

murphy isnt an easy out, he just doesn’t have enough power to be a 1b. hes a decent contact hitter, and decent gap power. He shouldn’t be a starting 1b but if he started somewhere he would be good

5 years 5 months ago

murphy isnt an easy out, he just doesn’t have enough power to be a 1b. hes a decent contact hitter, and decent gap power. He shouldn’t be a starting 1b but if he started somewhere he would be good

5 years 5 months ago

never got this. how does the position he plays in the field determine how good of a hitter he is? just because hes a first baseman doesnt mean he has to hit 30 hrs a year. thats what beltran wright and bay are for. switching positions wouldnt make him better, it would probably make him worse, because we’ve seen how much he sucks in the outfield, and i cant imagine him being any better defensively at second than he is at first. i hate how people say players need to change positions just because they play at a ‘power position’ and they are not a power hitter. does playing first base give him more at bats with runners on base? no. hes going to hit seventh most of the year, it doesnt matter that hes not a power hitter, and playing first base doesnt change that/

meddler
5 years 5 months ago

Well, the problem is you waste your advantage of superior offense at positions where other teams don’t have it by getting inferior offense out of positions where teams do. If Murphy were within 10 runs of his defensive value at first base, he would be more valuable at second base. Ditto the outfield, just cut the 10 in half. The Mets still have to compete with other teams, and most of those teams are getting much more offensive production out of first base. Murphy can probably make up some of that defensively, but there’s hardly enough data to conclusively say he’s a plus defensive first baseman. He appeared to be pretty good, but if he’s closer to average than great, he’s well below the league average for production from first base.

I’d say rather than it doesn’t matter what position he plays, it doesn’t matter where he hits in the lineup. The Mets offense is decent enough with the addition of Jason Bay, but it still doesn’t match the Phillies’, and their pitching isn’t going to be making up that difference either. The reason people say they want more production out of first base is because there are actually opportunities to get more production out of first base, unlike most of the other positions. I actually think its more important they upgrade second base than first, but first base is a close second to second base (if that makes any sense, lol)

ryansiciliano
5 years 5 months ago

How strange is it that Barajas has a LOWER ops than the the league-worst Mets’ output at catcher but is still a Type B free agent? The system’s broken.

VinnyG917
5 years 5 months ago

wow, good point. I forgot he was a type B. Is this guy even worth the compensation draft picks + the $1.5mm?

Roll Fizzlebeef
5 years 5 months ago

The Elias Rankings take the last two seasons into consideration. His 2008 campaign was slightly more palatable offensively (.249/.294/.410) and he has always been a defensively sound catcher that produces the stats that matter in the Elias Rankings calculations for catchers. (Batting average, OBP, RBIs, HR, plate appearances, assists, and fielding percentage)

He’s not spectacular at it in any stretch of the imagination, but he did put up a career number of RBIs and came close to his home run benchmark. Five of seven ain’t bad, I guess. Best of luck to Barajas and his 1st-to-home hustling ability.

ugen64
5 years 5 months ago

don’t think OBP is high on their list

Roll Fizzlebeef
5 years 5 months ago

Five of seven counted stats ain’t bad, according to them.

RanceMulliniks
5 years 5 months ago

If this is true, I don’t see why Rod isn’t jumping on it – not like there are a pile of teams lining up to sign a C to a major league deal right now. Waiting out spring training hoping for an injury is a risky move.

5 years 5 months ago

According to Rosenthal Mets reach agreement with Barajas

frasco27
5 years 5 months ago

yeah read it on twitter

specialk27
5 years 5 months ago

….or the Mets could have just traded for a better catcher like Chris Snyder. At least his .OBP is league average.

grant77
5 years 5 months ago

Please please please pick the Mets offer Rod, need that draft pick!

Rootdown
5 years 5 months ago

What is Barajas recent numbers vs. the Phillies? If memory serves he hits em well.

icedrake523
5 years 5 months ago

All that really matters is if he handles a pitching staff well and is good defensively. Thole was the Mets’ best option for an offensive catcher even at the beginning of the off-season.

TheFilibuster
5 years 5 months ago

This is a great deal for the Mets, anyone who says otherwise has NO clue as to what the Mets are trying to do. Currently they have no STARTING catcher, just old or rookie catchers who can not do the job. Barajas provides a very veteran presence, he is also considered a great defensive catcher, he is one of the best at throwing at base stealers, and he is considered to help pitchers as well. Offensively he leaves much to be desired, but all of the available options for catchers (Bengie included) had this same problem – The Mets did not get him for his “offensive” skills, they got him for his great defense and great game calling and that is it.

Infield Fly
5 years 5 months ago

Yeah, and considering that the rotation consists of Johan, 2 question marks, a pile of spare parts, and a pack of gum…somebody’s got to squeeze a halfway decent performance out of those guys.

specialk27
5 years 5 months ago

This isn’t a great deal for the Mets. It’s not awful but it’s not great. The catcher handling the pitching staff isn’t the Mets problem. And every single one of the Mets catchers last year had a league average or better CS%. There is no purpose “upgrading” a position which you already have at least two capable players.

specialk27
5 years 5 months ago

This isn’t a great deal for the Mets. It’s not awful but it’s not great. The catcher handling the pitching staff isn’t the Mets problem. And every single one of the Mets catchers last year had a league average or better CS%. There is no purpose “upgrading” a position which you already have at least two capable players.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 5 months ago

I would’nt applaud them so strongly. Torrealba, Olivo and others would have been better options.

5 years 5 months ago

this wasn’t a bad offensive move either with the power outage the mets had last season. this guy hit 19 homers with 71 RBI’s batting seventh and eighth. when omir santos or henry blanco can do that you can come and tell me. this guy provides pop that the mets don’t have! I LOVE this move! finally a decent, major league starting catcher. you are right too he will help the pitching staff. the only problem is no one can help Oliver Perez!

GREAT MOVE! Now lets get JARROD WASHBURN for our number two starter so this guy can actually help some one.

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

excellent pts

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

Wow .. a major leaguer – very good

Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Wait, so basically, barajas will earn 2 million this year(with the incentives accomplished), so why couldn’t they sign Yorvit Torrealba for 1.4 million?

He improves pitchers… yeah, Pitchers the Mets DONT HAVE! Minaya better pray for dear life John Maine and Oliver Perez both win 20+ games and era’s under 3.50 or he’s FISH BAIT!!

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

Torrealba can’t throw a lick and has Zero power

alxn
5 years 5 months ago

It’s like because there isn’t a UZR for catchers people just completely ignore a catcher’s defense. He sucks offensively, but he is one of the best defensive catchers in the league. This is a very good value deal for the Mets.

Ricky
5 years 5 months ago

fair point

alxn
5 years 5 months ago

It’s like because there isn’t a UZR for catchers people just completely ignore a catcher’s defense. He sucks offensively, but he is one of the best defensive catchers in the league. This is a very good value deal for the Mets.

crc81
5 years 5 months ago

just fyi if the major league deal never happened..

Even if Barajas signs a minor-league deal as long as he is in the majors before the June draft, the Jays get the 41st pick….according to Bob Elliott

link to torontosun.com