UPDATE 12:20pm: Costa reports “The Mets have some interest in free agent catcher Rod Barajas but are not making the “hard push” to sign him described in a FoxSports.com report, a team official said Wednesday.”
UPDATE 9:20: Jon Heyman Tweets The Mets have offered a minor league deal to Barajas.
The ever-reliable Brian Costa of the Star-Ledger cites the certainly less reliable Ken Rosenthal at Fox in suggesting that the Mets are apparently seriously trying to ink a one-year deal with veteran catcher Rod Barajas.
If true, this is a potentially excellent move.
Yes, Barajas is older and had a terrible OBP last year, but he also hit 19 HR, 19 2B, and drove in 71 runs. Similar numbers in the 7th or 8th spot in the 2010 Met order would be very welcome, as they almost certainly would surpass the most optimistic projections of the offense our current catchers would provide. In addition, he is generally among the better backstops at throwing out potential base-stealers.
Best of all, it would allow Josh Thole to continue developing at AAA, and avoid a repeat of Daniel Murphy’s situation. Murph did evolve last year, but most or all of a year in AAA surely would have helped him.
Here’s hoping this signing gets done; at this point of the spring, Barajas would also almost certainly come at a very reasonable price.