Dodgers Re-Sign Rod Barajas

The Dodgers have re-signed catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract, according to a team press release.  Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter) reports that the deal is worth $3.25MM. That's some nice work from agent Dan Lozano given that the catcher had to settle for a $500K minor league contract from the Mets last February.

Barajas, 35, excelled in 72 plate appearances after the Dodgers acquired him for the stretch run. He had three hits, including a homer, in his first game as a Dodger and batted .297/.361/.578 overall. He doesn't reach base often, as his career .284 on base percentage shows, but he has some power.

Barajas, who drew interest from the Red Sox earlier in the offseason, is one of many catchers Los Angeles considered, particularly given yesterday's non-tender of Russell Martin, The Dodgers would not have obtained compensation for losing Barajas (a Type B free agent) to another team, since they did not offer arbitration.

Hernandez was the first to report that the Dodgers were close to a deal with Barajas, and also had the information about the contract's length (Twitter links).

MLBTR's Mark Polishuk contributed to this post


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132 Comments on "Dodgers Re-Sign Rod Barajas"


Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Seems like the 2011 Dodgers are going to be last in the league in OBP, but first in most veteran free agent signings.

4 years 8 months ago

WINNING EXPERIENCE!!!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Seriously though, if that’s the case, I’d like to see them sign Johnny Damon.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

Damon will have to go to an american league team as a DH and back up outfielder. Dodger stadium is too big for him.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 8 months ago

I literally cringed when I pictured Damon attempting to play LF in Dodger Stadium

El_Bobo
4 years 8 months ago

odd, I literally laughed when I pictured JD in LF at Dodger Stadium

4 years 8 months ago

Save a few million, have a little bit more sock… and alot less headaches from a moody and defensive Russel Martin. One less Primadonna is a good thing for the Dodgers.

4 years 8 months ago

Seriously? Want to trade Matt Kemp for John McDonald? I mean Kemp is a diva and McDonald is the nicest guy in the league. After all, you’re putting so much stock in personality.

4 years 8 months ago

I made this comment yesterday, but should the Dodgers re-sign Martin, the two of them would make for a fine situation at catcher, providing Martin is healthy. If the two of them split time at C, Barajas brings the power and Martin the OBP. Overall they’d combine to give the Dodgers pretty solid production out of the catcher’s spot.

DrRickRollins
4 years 8 months ago

now if only we can turn them into one player…

ThinkBlue10
4 years 8 months ago

Hahahahaha, this is horrible.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 8 months ago

Haha….Dodgers aren’t letting any grass grow under their feet, huh?

4 years 8 months ago

Who’s had the worse off-season? Marlins or Dodgers?

4 years 8 months ago

Marlins. The Dodgers actually did a decent job building their rotation with some known products and improved the production they’re going to get from 2B.

ThinkBlue10
4 years 8 months ago

Bad offseason for the dodgers? Are you serious?

4 years 8 months ago

Uh, yeah. Uribe isn’t worth 3 years, they couldn’t move Martin, gonna bring back Barajas to replace him. Well they did good with the pitching, there offense signing have been questionable.

4 years 8 months ago

Uh, yeah. Uribe isn’t worth 3 years, they couldn’t move Martin, gonna bring back Barajas to replace him. Well they did good with the pitching, there offense signing have been questionable.

ThinkBlue10
4 years 8 months ago

Martin would’ve been hard to move considering he was a non-tender candidate.

ThinkBlue10
4 years 8 months ago

Martin would’ve been hard to move considering he was a non-tender candidate.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 8 months ago

the only bad deal was Uribe. While I want Martin back, I understand how they wouldnt give him 5M. However, Barajas should NOT replace Martin. He should be the backup. Anyways, we assembled one of the deepest rotations in the league and got rid of Theriot and Sherrill. Martin still has a very good chance of coming back

redsox927
4 years 8 months ago

I personally see the Dodgers offense as Eithier plus a ton of C to B- players.

Their Rotation is deep but after Kershaw i see a lot of promise but nobody that scares anybody

The bullpen was pretty sketchy last season and who knows if they can rebound.

Overall this offseason the Dodgers have deff thrown their weight around, but if i were a Dodgers fan i would still want them to sign a middle of the order bat and a top notch setup man… and even then, I don’t think they’re going to scare too many people. At best they have to be considered the third best team in their own division.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

Matt Kemp is still every bit as good as Andre Ethier. Furcal is still above average when he’s healthy. The rest, however, are questionable.

I’m not too worried about the bullpen as a Dodger fan. Broxton struggled the 2nd half, but that was really his only prolonged slump since he was called up 5 years ago. Belisario also struggled, apparently due to some personal issues, but he had an ERA around 2.00 in 2009.

Kuo is absolutely filthy, one of the best relievers in the game, and a full season of Jansen, who has dominated at every level he’s played, should bolster the bullpen. The Dodgers have some other solid relief options in the minors, and if they sign Padilla as a long man (as rumored), they’ll be looking good.

And, perhaps the biggest boost to the Dodgers bullpen: the absence of Joe Torre.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
4 years 8 months ago

i see it as Andre and Kemp, plus a lot of guys. Furcal has promise, but no health promise.

The rotation? Id be scared of Kershaw and Billingsley, and then Kuroda, Lilly, Garland? Thats really strong… an ace, a solid #2, and 3 #3s? Ill take it

The pen is something Im not worried about that much. Broxton, Jansen, Kuo and Belisario is very strong. Belisario had a bad year, IMO, because he had so many issues during the year. Broxton, I have faith in him, I look at him and Kemp similar to how Billlz was last year. A lot of talent, a lot of fans angry at him, but a lot of promise. Jansen and Kuo are just nasty.

sojuboi
4 years 8 months ago

Ever heard of Kemp, that stud?

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

Uribe may not have been that great contract-wise, but he improves the Dodgers lineup. Blake and Furcal are also free agents after the season, which is a reason they probably didn’t mind committing additional years to Uribe.

4 years 8 months ago

A lot of Solo HomeRuns

4 years 8 months ago

Home runs none the less, Russ hasn’t been able to hit let alone hit Home Run’s lately, plus think of the money they save now

4 years 8 months ago

I am talking about the solo homeruns that all dodgers are going to produce all these players have horrible OBP.

4 years 8 months ago

Last year, Russell Martin posted a .306 wOBA. That was a career low. It is eight points better than Rod Barajas’ career wOBA. Which one of them can’t hit again?

4 years 8 months ago

Barajas can hit hr’s and is a good, not great, but good catcher…Russ has been in the decline and this injury could be a scary one…it also saves money…not a bad move, but they need to go after a bat and dump loney…

4 years 8 months ago

Agreed, Loney should have been non-tendered. Pena, LaRoche, Lee……Those are the 1B the Dodgers should have been looking at. None of them would cost all that much and would be vastly superior to Loney.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

I agree, especially on Derrek Lee. He posted an OPS over .900 as recently as 2009, and he’s from CA (albeit the northern half).

4 years 8 months ago

And had a very good stretch run with the Braves. He was one of the reasons we stayed afloat as the injuries started to pile up late in the season.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

I agree, especially on Derrek Lee. He posted an OPS over .900 as recently as 2009, and he’s from CA (albeit the northern half).

4 years 8 months ago

I disagree with Loney. The Dude had 41 doubles last yearand lead the team. In every full year hes hes had over 88 rbis. He is a very good defensive first baseman, and seems to come thru in the clutch, and in important games. Just look at his playoff stats. He is well worth the 6 mill or so, he could get through arbitration. We, as Dodger fans have been preached to, about how these young kids (Martin, Loney, Kemp, Broxton, Ethier)are the future of the franchise, and that they would be part of the orginization for years to come. Now Martins gone, and this Dodgers fan isnt happy about it. I feel like Ive been lied to. If Loney was non-tendered after 1 bad season, and after all the time thats invested in them.. I would want Neds head.

4 years 8 months ago

with Loney, make that 1 bad half season.

dusto
4 years 8 months ago

loney sucks

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

Dude, his OPS has been at the bottom among regular starting 1B for the past 2 seasons. His numbers have dropped across the board every single year since 2007. He’s a young player, he’s supposed to be improving, not declining every season…

4 years 8 months ago

Them call them prospects. Sometimes prospects don’t work out. Both Martin and Loney suck donkey balls. At least they did the right thing and let Martin go. I’m afraid we will get stuck with Loney for another season, the Mario Mendoza of Firstbasemen.

grabarkewitz
4 years 8 months ago

Would not mind the Dodgers trying to sign Martin to a more team-friendly contract than his demanded $5 million plus a million in incentives. Gotta think that the other 29 teams are also going to try to get him on the cheap as his hip is a huge question mark.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

His hip is a huge question mark? I’m trying to picture that but having no luck!

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

His hip is a huge question mark? I’m trying to picture that but having no luck!

4 years 8 months ago

Poor Loney, he would be a 20+ HR Hitter anywhere but Dodger Stadium. Look at his splits, he can’t hit at home. They def need to trade him and sign one of the many DH/1B types out there. I think an BJ Upton for Loney swap works for both teams. I just don’t understand why LA isn’t going after Mark Reynolds considering they don’t seem to care about OBP this offseason with the Uribe signing, Barajas Re-Signing, and dumping Martin. Who is LA’s 3B since they want Casey Blake to be in a platoon?

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

My guess is that Blake will start at 3B most of the time, but will get days off with Uribe starting at 3B and Carroll at 2B. Blake may also start at 1B against lefties, again with Uribe at 3B and Carroll at 2B.

4 years 8 months ago

Wow, Dodgers keep it going. Give up on young gun coming off a bad year, but keep the vet that, while destroyed in LA, has done below average eleswhere. Man, Ned really doesn’t look real well into the future. 3 yr to Uribe, backloading contracts, etc.

4 years 8 months ago

Russ has had a bad couple of years and they were getting worse…His injury is scary and he wanted a lot of money…Rod can at least hit for “some” power and is a good cathcer that won’t cost us a lot at all and knows how to work pitchers… This isn’t a bad move…The Uribe for 3 years was a year more then he should have gotten, but Ned is doing the most with what he has…solid 5 for once, a 2b and a catcher. Just hope he isnt done…

meep
4 years 8 months ago

i think this is a good sign and i really dont mind if they dont bring martin back or not because his health worry me

TommyL
4 years 8 months ago

Martin = LoDuca part 2.

TopDeckBum
4 years 8 months ago

Except DePo was smart enough to dump LoDuca BEFORE he turned to crap.

meep
4 years 8 months ago

so can we get lee and trade loney for a LF

4 years 8 months ago

Every sensible Dodger fan is shouting at Ned Colletti to trade James Loney to someone (anyone really) for either a relief pitcher or halfway decent LF’er.

Once done, any of the following 1B would be an improvement: Konerko, LaRoche, Lee, or even guys like Cantu or Wigginton would suffice. I think adding a RP or LF and one of these 1B would improve the Dodgers more. Personally I would like the Dodgers to trade Loney for Willingham, and sign Paulie to a 3/$40-$45 million deal. We know we have a solid 1B or LF prospect in Jerry Sands, but he is at least another year or two away.

NED GET IT DONE!

meep
4 years 8 months ago

i like the idea but i would pick lee more because he has a good bat and he a good defense of 1st base guy. and just trade loney for any kind of outfielder we can get that can play LF with a good bat and can hit about 12 to 15 HR

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

If you want to trade Loney to the Rays for Shields.

dusto
4 years 8 months ago

any day of the week!

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

I hate the idea, but I guess that makes me insensible.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

I hate the idea, but I guess that makes me insensible.

4 years 8 months ago

Let’s not forget Ned doesn’t have a lot to work with…Doing what he can with what he has, has made some good moves and maybe a head scratcher with URibe
s length, but were better for these moves not worse off…

meep
4 years 8 months ago

true and it might not be big name players but at least there making moves while other teams in the NL west sit back and do little or nothing to make there team better

Sam_Lee
4 years 8 months ago

UGH, that debut was against the Brewers – thanks for reminding me. The mighty Dave Bush was pitching. At least he’s gone.

meep
4 years 8 months ago

just a thought what about Lastings Milledge. for about 2 years 4 to 6 mill he young and maybe can do better then he did with his last team

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

I’m OK with the move. Despite being nothing more than average anywhere else, Barajas was a hitting machine when he came over to the Dodgers, and he clearly loved playing for his home team. Whether or not he’ll make the bulk of the starts remains to be seen, but I’d happily take him back.

Martin has solid OBP but his offense otherwise was deteriorating and he didn’t seem to be making any adjustments at the plate. I also don’t think Martin would’ve been non-tendered had the Dodgers not had serious concerns about his health. I suspect they doubt he’ll be able to be a regular starting catcher again. And I know myself and other Dodger fans have been complaining about Martin’s overuse for years…

meep
4 years 8 months ago

i agree dude need to sit more games if he want to get his bat back

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

I think we’ve all been expecting the Dodgers to at least try to sign Barajas — but do any of us see him an everyday starting catcher? Other pieces are needed, and I don’t think Ellis is the other one.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

Ellis is basically the same player as Martin had become. Draws walks, good OBP, good defense, not much else. No reason to think Ellis WON’T be the one sharing time with Barajas. Not much else out there after Buck, Torrealba, Varitek and Pierzynski signed. Olivo and Molina, that’s about it…

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

That’s kind of what I mean. I doubt Ellis has much upside, but we know Martin can be a lot better, because he was. I believe no team will take a flyer on Martin as their starting catcher. He has to be paired with someone who can start a lot of games. The Dodgers now have that (or will soon) with Barajas. Ellis stays in the hole. I’m not sure if Ellis can be sent down to AAA now though.

carlos
4 years 8 months ago

barajas is a great backup and a great bat off the bench who was pop and can compliment gibbons, but if he is our starter its not great news.

BlueSkyLA
4 years 8 months ago

I think we’ve all been expecting the Dodgers to at least try to sign Barajas — but do any of us see him an everyday starting catcher? Other pieces are needed, and I don’t think Ellis is the other one.

thegrayrace
4 years 8 months ago

I’m OK with the move. Despite being nothing more than average anywhere else, Barajas was a hitting machine when he came over to the Dodgers, and he clearly loved playing for his home team. Whether or not he’ll make the bulk of the starts remains to be seen, but I’d happily take him back.

Martin has solid OBP but his offense otherwise was deteriorating and he didn’t seem to be making any adjustments at the plate. I also don’t think Martin would’ve been non-tendered had the Dodgers not had serious concerns about his health. I suspect they doubt he’ll be able to be a regular starting catcher again. And I know myself and other Dodger fans have been complaining about Martin’s overuse for years…

4 years 8 months ago

I am assuming this deal would have been less than what Martin would have gotten going to arbitration. Which means this deal is solid. People can complain about this all they want but the simple fact is that Russell Martin has been watching his OPS+ slipping from its 2007 level of 116 to now sitting at 89 following up two years of decline. Coupled with his injury, that does not bode well at all. Obviously no one expects Rod Barajas to play 154 OPS+ ball for the Dodgers over a full season, but it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect something around 100 even.

And at a cheaper price than Martin, this deal + Martin’s non-tendering is a smooth move.

That said, the next move for Ned is to move James Loney for a relief pitcher or left-fielder and sign one of Konerko, Lee and LaRoche (in that preferable order). It seems like they would have the money to do so, and I would say that Konerko coming back to the team that drafted him might be enough to get him to take a slightly cheaper deal than another team might offer.

meep
4 years 8 months ago

i like that but since konerko is older how about getting laroche to and them two sharing time or just getting lee would be fine for me if it under 9 mill for about a year or 2. nvm i just saw konerko stats we would be just fine getting him. but the thing is who would be the back up 1st baseman. because we have guys who can play 2nd, 3rd and ss but who can play 1st other then whoever the starter is

4 years 8 months ago

Gibbons

4 years 8 months ago

gibbons, blake, barajas, Russ Mitchell, to name a few ……

meep
4 years 8 months ago

i like that but since konerko is older how about getting laroche to and them two sharing time or just getting lee would be fine for me if it under 9 mill for about a year or 2. nvm i just saw konerko stats we would be just fine getting him. but the thing is who would be the back up 1st baseman. because we have guys who can play 2nd, 3rd and ss but who can play 1st other then whoever the starter is

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

I agree, this is a solid move by the Dodgers, at least their back in the game making trades to try and get better.