In a classic late-season move for two teams playing out a disappointing stretch, the Dodgers have acquired catcher Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash. The Dodgers had claimed Barajas off of waivers.
That leaves the Mets with Josh Thole as their starting catcher and Henry Blanco as his backup.
Barajas was on a one-year deal with the Mets worth $500,000, but did have a $400,000 bonus for making the Opening Day roster and up to $1 million in performance bonuses.
Barajas is a classic journeyman catcher, playing with Arizona, Texas, Philadelphia and Toronto before signing with the Mets this past offseason. In parts of 12 seasons, he's hit .237/.282/.408. This season, he's hitting .225/.263/.414 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI.
The Dodgers had been using Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis as their catchers since Russell Martin went on the disabled list. While Barajas doesn't exactly have the world's biggest bat -- he's Mike Piazza compared to the other two. The 41-year old Ausmus has been the better offensive player of the two, hitting .196/.275/.217, while Ellis is hitting .174/.237/.203. Neither has a homer.
The Mets recalled outfielder Jesus Feliciano from Triple-A Buffalo to take Barajas' roster spot.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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