Red Sox Interested In Rod Barajas

With Victor Martinez and John Buck off the market, the Red Sox are turning their attention to "a number of catching contingencies" including free agent Rod Barajas, reports FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi.  Barajas would presumably share time with, or be a veteran backup for, Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Boston.

Barajas hit .240/.284/.447 in 339 plate appearances with the Mets and Dodgers in 2010, including a .939 OPS with Los Angeles after he was claimed on waivers in late August.  The 35-year-old gained some AL East experience playing in Toronto in 2008-09 and is known for a strong throwing arm behind the plate.  Barajas has thrown out 32% of baserunners trying to steal on him over his 12-year career, though as Morosi pointed out, that percentage dipped to 15% last season. 

Boston tried to acquire Barajas from the Mets in July to fill in for their many injured catchers.  Barajas' solid power numbers should earn him a bigger contract than the $500K guaranteed deal he signed with New York last February, though he would still be a relatively cheap pickup for the Sox.


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181 Comments on "Red Sox Interested In Rod Barajas"


moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Anymore former blue jays?

Dustroia15
4 years 9 months ago

I want Downs and Frasor…also want Wheeler from Rays. Hope Sox move Papelbon and sign all three.

Plus if/when the Sox sign Werth or Crawford, Jays get hosed on the picks.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think getting a supplementary round pick and a 2nd or 3rd rounder for Jason Frasor can be considered “hosed”

4 years 9 months ago

I would say it’s getting hosed considering they should receive a first round pick for Downs.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

not really, because chances are Jason Frasor wouldn’t get a contract offer from another team if the team had to give up a first round pick.

So either way, the Jays will not be getting a first rounder for Frasor

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think getting a supplementary round pick and a 2nd or 3rd rounder for Jason Frasor can be considered “hosed”

Matthew Hollinger
4 years 9 months ago

For Taylor Teagarden? C’mon.

4 years 9 months ago

Taylor Teagarden doesn’t play for Boston, asshat.

4 years 9 months ago

Isn’t Taylor Teagarden in Texas? Salty in Boston, right?

4 years 9 months ago

Mistakes happen, they’re understandable. That said, that is an epic screwup.

Tko11
4 years 9 months ago

what is?

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

It originally said Taylor Teagarden instead of Saltalamacchia.

RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

I wish the Sox got Teagarden…….

4 years 9 months ago

yeah it is salty thats in boston currently not teagarden or max ramierez or any other ranger catcher

famous_amazing_guy
4 years 9 months ago

that just won’t be good enough for boston fans.

I think Boston’s happy they have Jarrod Saltalamacchia instead of Teagarden, but I could be wrong.

jdat11
4 years 9 months ago

Sox have Salty not teagarden

4 years 9 months ago

way to be on top of things jdat.

redsox4120
4 years 9 months ago

I’d pass on Barajas

Potrzeba
4 years 9 months ago

Wow we lose vmart an they wanna replace him with this bum.? That’s the one thing I hate bout Theo, is that he’s for the draft picks and prospects. We want to win now and we r NOT the small market teams. Ifsox don’t trade/sign a big name guy it’s sad.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

What else are we going to do? Try to trade for Joe Mauer? Come on man. Understand that there is really no one else to get other than MAYBE Miguel Olivo.

Daniel Rathman
4 years 9 months ago

I know that he was suspended and will be out the first couple of weeks of the 2011 season, but I wonder if it’d make sense for the Red Sox to call the Marlins about Ronny Paulino. He’s mashed LHP throughout his career, has good pull power, and has a far superior throwing arm to Varitek. Paulino’s also under team control (arby eligible) for two more years, and would probably be cheaper than Tek.

I don’t think a Paulino/Salty platoon would be any less productive than Varitek/Salty. Couldn’t possibly take much to acquire now that Florida also has John Buck.

RahZid
4 years 9 months ago

I would rather have V-Tek back on a 1 year deal as a “bridge” to Lavarnway, who raked in AA (OPS just under .900) this year and held his own in the AFL (OPS just under .800). According to soxprospects.com Lavarnway should be ready by 2012.

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

I think Olivo would be a better choice.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 9 months ago

Olivo is a far superlative choice because his legs and arm are fresh and he has decent power. His BA is less than Barajas, but can hit decently down at the bottom of the order. Theo is shopping at Walmart here. He doesn’t have to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue to suit me, but at least shop at Macy’s.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 9 months ago

Olivo is a far superlative choice because his legs and arm are fresh and he has decent power. His BA is less than Barajas, but can hit decently down at the bottom of the order. Theo is shopping at Walmart here. He doesn’t have to shop at Saks Fifth Avenue to suit me, but at least shop at Macy’s.

pollbuster2
4 years 9 months ago

Ouch, losing Martinez really hurts, and definitely weakens the Red Sox.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Also, the sky is blue and the grass is green.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

But what about bluegrass?

Steve_in_MA
4 years 9 months ago

Everything was just fine on this board until you had to inject a banjo, scratchboard and spoons. Damnit.

flickadave
4 years 9 months ago

But what about bluegrass?

pollbuster2
4 years 9 months ago

I think this could start the curse of the Martini

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Jim Behrle
4 years 9 months ago

Sounds like an OK plan…I am intrigued

grant77
4 years 9 months ago

Someone pinch me! I’m loving the idea of 2 poor players at an important position for Boston, especially with that disaster of a 70 million dollar pitching staff.

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

Disaster of a pitching staff? Go troll somewhere else.

Big_jays_fan
4 years 9 months ago

di have to remind you of Lackey and beckett … lol

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

Because one year is really indicative of there true talent right? No rational person can say that they expected the year that those two had or expect that they will have similar years next year, particularly Beckett.

Ferrariman
4 years 9 months ago

i expected better out of Beckett. Can’t say the same for Lackey, didn’t think he would adapt well to Fenway.

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

Fair enough, and that’s why I put the “particularly Beckett” at the end there, because it wouldn’t be completely unreasonable to predict a similar year out of Lackey next year. My point is the same though, having a staff of Lester, Buchholz, Beckett, Lackey, and Dice-K(Doubront/Wakefield) doesn’t exactly qualify as a “disaster” in my book.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Lackey had a strong second half, I’m sure it’s safe to say he came around.

jjs91
4 years 9 months ago

havin a 4.00 era in the second might be better but it’s not strong.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

you can’t really expect better the a 4.00 era someone who’s making 83 million in 5 years, kinda un fair to even expect as much

jjs91
4 years 9 months ago

havin a 4.00 era in the second might be better but it’s not strong.

woadude
4 years 9 months ago

I did about Lackey, not Beckett, but i have hated the Lackey signing ever since it was first reported, it was almost as if Theo was jealous the NY yankees had a burden in Aj Burnett and wanted to compete with his horrible contract.

4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know how much you subscribe to sabermetrics, but for what it’s worth the Red Sox had the highest total WAR for starting pitchers in all of MLB, tied with the Rockies at 18.9 (source: http://www.fangraphs.com/teams.aspx?pos=all&stats=sta&lg=all&type=8&season=2010&month=0)

The Red Sox didn’t succeed in 2010 for a lot of reasons, but the starting pitching staff was hardly one of them.

That being said, Barajas kinda stinks and I’ll take my chances with some rookies and/or unproven talent over him. Take Varitek back if there’s a lack of “veteran presence”.

El_Bobo
4 years 9 months ago

yeah, the disaster of a pitching staff that had a guy go 3rd and 6th in cy young voting..dumbass

grant77
4 years 9 months ago

Two very good pitchers and three below average starters does not a good staff make. Their collective performance does not even justify a third of what they are being paid, therefore it is a disaster for at least the next 4 years they are stuck with these financial burdens.

MaineSox
4 years 9 months ago

And one pitcher who had an uncharacteristically bad season (which no one expects him to repeat) and another who won 14 games as your #4 starter does not a “disaster” make.

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

i thought really hard about some clever joke about this, but i drew a blank. barajas just sucks. have fun with this one red sox