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.
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