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Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:01 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 10:27 pm
Rod Barajas
So let me see if I've got this straight: The Dodgers nontendered 27-year-old Russell Martin because they were afraid of overpaying him, then a day later they give 35-year-old Rod Barajas, an out-of-shape .239 career hitter, a one-year deal for $3.25 million?

Egad. Sure would be nice to be a free-agent catcher these days.

Apparently the Dodgers are under the impression that the Barajas they had for the last month of 2010, after paying the Mets cash for him following an injury to Martin, is the one they will see in 2011. Problem is, that Barajas, the .297/.361/.578 hitter with five homers in 25 games, was some sort of small-sample-size mirage. The real Barajas is the guy who batted .225 with the Mets, and .226 the year before with the Blue Jays.

Yes, $3.25 million is right around the average major-league salary. But you should at least get an average major-league player for that much.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2010 10:17 pm

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Hey beerman... how does that empty spot at 1B at Petco look?? A Gone is gone and is gonna look very good counting his money while playing a ton of games in parks with short RF porches like Yankee Stadium and Fenway. And apparently Bell is on the way out too... I hope you enjoyed your 1 year on top because you will not see that again for awhile.

BTW... who the hell was YOUR starting C in 2010 and what were his numbers?

And David, the "others" you speak of that were most talked about were all either the same age as Barajas or older i.e. Pierzynski, Olivo, Torrealba. Wait, Torrealba is younger but wanted the same kind of money Martin did. The Dodgers have a kid in AA named Alberto Rosario who hit .304 last year in A ball with a OPS of .762. He is the guy the Dodgers are banking on in 2012. Barajas is a stop gap.. nothing more and a relatively cheap stop gap at that.

Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 1:30 pm

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Great pickup for Padres fans! Barajas really? Simply deliciously awful. Here I thought the Dodgers were going to reload again.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:42 am

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

ksudodgers, thanks for the comment. Thing is, the Dodgers' choices weren't "Martin or Barajas," they were "Martin or somebody else." And there were a ton of "somebody elses" out there better than Barajas -- or at least young players who can be as lousy as Barajas for a lot less money. This move just looks lazy.

And for the record, when a team wins a World Series, usually anyone who was on the major-league roster for any length of time gets a ring. Check out journeyman catcher -- he has a ring because he played in one game, with one at-bat, for the 2005 White Sox. He told me he'd never wear it because he would feel ridiculous.

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:18 am

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

i know for a fact zito will receive one b/c actually bengie molina although traded to the rangers actually receives one; they discussed it during the series; in addition I am an avid phillies fan and when the won in 2008; stinking adam eaton won one and he was not on the roster

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:44 am

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

And I am not sure Zito gets a ring... I think you need to be on the WS roster to receive one as a player. I may be wrong, but I will check on that.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:43 am

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Guys.. this is NOT a bad deal for the Dodgers at all. Martin is STILL injured but was still demanding 7-10 million. Sorry but no. They signed Barajas for 1 year...thats all. He is a stop gap. The Dodgers might resign Martin when he is healthy, if he is still out there. There is another young former Dodger out there now in Dioner Navarro, but with the recent attitude problems, I say pass on him.

BTW David Andriesen, we are getting the same production from Barajas as we were from Martin pre injury for about 3 million less... sure makes sense to me!

Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2010 7:09 am

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Zito may get a ring, but I think he was left off the Giants playoff roster, so he really didnt win a World Series.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:45 pm

Huh? Dodgers to pay Barajas $3.25 million

Ned Colletti is known for following Brian Sabean's (his former mentor) style in pursuing free agents. Perhaps he will do his former boss a solid and trade for Barry Zito. Zito did just won a World Series with the Giants and a change in scenery could be beneficial to him. He used to play for Oakland and although he still plays in the Bay Area he must really miss playing for Oakland as evidenced by his poor showing with the Giants thus far. Yes, I know the Giants are known for taking good players and turning them into non productive ones but even skeptics have to wonder if Barry Zito has over stayed his time in the Bay Area. Hey, he might even be traded to Texas if the Rangers are really serious in acquiring a left handed pitcher who has won a Cy Young award. 

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