Pirates Sign Rod Barajas

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).

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  1. mypoorbuccos 4 years ago


  2. D.j. Wilson 4 years ago

    The number of people who liked the other two comments condemning it outnumbered his original comment.

    • chico65 4 years ago

      Well now you’ve got me.  It’s not like the same individuals could have liked both comments, like yourself.  Oh, wait…

      Go try your logic on a second grader.  You might find it more sporting.

  3. PiratesFan 4 years ago

    I’m not too surprised either, just losing patience.  And unfortunately don’t have any catching prospects who are ready for the majors.  But I agree, Molina would probably be better

    • Nyyankees1961 4 years ago

      I hear ya. The Bucs cant seem to find the long term solution behind the plate. As for Molina, he would not be a good starter. Trust me, he had that spot for a little while when Posada was injured in 2008, and it didn’t work out very well. Molina is a backup, a good one at that. While Rod isn’t the long term answer, he is a good stopgap (overpaid though) and can buy time until Tony Sanchez is ready (hopefully he isn’t a bust). 

  4. PiratesFan 4 years ago

    I’d agree with you if we hadn’t signed him for twice his worth.  Hell make more in 2012 than he did in 2010 and 2011 combined.  Below-average 36 year-olds shouldn’t be receiving the highest annual salary of their career..

    • Nyyankees1961 4 years ago

      Salary wise, it’s too much money for a 36 year old catcher who isn’t much better than Doumit (if any better). It reminds me of Overbay a little too much. His salary should have been no more than his 2011 salary. If it didn’t come with the $4 Million dollar price tag, it would be a great signing. 

  5. No prob for the Dodgers, have this up-and-coming guy named Carlos San…. DOH!

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