The Pirates announced that they signed catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year deal that includes a team option for 2013. Barajas will earn a $4MM salary in 2012 and the option would pay him another $3.5MM in 2013, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (on Twitter). There's no buyout on the option, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Icon Sports Group represents the 36-year-old backstop.
Barajas spent the 2011 season with the Dodgers and he posted a .230/.287/.430 line with 16 home runs. Los Angeles will obtain a compensatory pick in the 2012 draft for losing Barajas, a Type B free agent. However, Pittsburgh won’t have to surrender any draft choices. The Pirates, who declined their team options for Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit earlier this offseason, obtain a catcher with above-average power and below-average on-base skills in Barajas (the average MLB catcher hit .244/.312/.388 in 2011).