According to FoxSports.com, the Mets are pursuing free-agent catcher Rod Barajas. They are reportedly looking to offer a one-year deal to the former Blue Jay.
If Barajas is signed, it would almost certainly quash any four-way battle for the two catching positions on the roster. You could pencil in Barajas as the starter, with Omir Santos as the backup. Josh Thole could continue to get some seasoning in the minors.
A Barajas acquisition sure would add another bat the lineup. He doesn’t hit for average (.226 batting average last season), but he had 19 home runs and 71 RBI in 125 games with Toronto in 2009. We haven’t seen that kind of offensive production out of the catcher’s spot since the days of Mike Piazza.