Tag:Rod Barajas
Posted on: August 22, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 1:27 pm

Dodgers claim Mets catcher

Rod Barajas 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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Posted on: July 21, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 7:22 pm

Mets to keep Thole around

Josh Thole The Mets are carrying three catchers, which made Josh Thole's demotion to Triple-A all but assured after he caught R.A. Dickey Tuesday.

Except a funny thing happened during the game: Thole bashed a home run and apparently that was enough to change the mind of manager Jerry Manuel and GM Omar Minaya.

Now, Thole stays on the big-league roster and will receive additional playing time, Manuel told ESPN New York.

"I think if we are to keep him, we have to play him more," Manuel said. "It’s the only right thing to do. And if you’re struggling offensively, there’s no use taking out the guys that are a good offensive player."

Thole has found his way into additional playing time thanks to the struggles of catcher Rod Barajas, who is in a 1-fr-21 slump and has not homered in almost two months. Barajas' fast start to the season has become an afterthrought as the Mets scramble to keep pace with the division-leading Braves.

Barajas is hitting a pedestrian .227./264/.412 with 11 home runs in 238 at-bats. Thole, on the other hand, is at an even .500 batting average in 24 at-bats. Hard to ignore that kind of production.

New York also has backup catcher Henry Blanco on the roster. It's not a good diversification of resources to have three catchers, so Thole either needs to stay hot and avoid a demotion or the Mets may need to deal Blanco.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:22 am

Nice running, rook

It's tough enough to be a rookie in a veteran clubhouse, and hitting into a triple play is a good way to put a razzing target on your back.

Mets infielder Ruben Tejada hit into the most routine-looking triple play you'll ever see (video here ) on Thursday night, hitting the ball sharply to third for an around-the-horn play, the eighth triple play turned in Padres history. The play at first base wan't even close.

"I've been giving him the hardest time," catcher Rod Barajas told the New York Daily News . "I told him, 'I'm the slowest guy in baseball and I've never hit into a triple play.'"

Luckily for Tejada, the Mets were able to laugh about the play, since it turned out to be harmless in the Mets' 3-0 victory.

-- David Andriesen

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