Rod Barajas is the latest Mets catcher after passing a physical to allow his one-year, $1 million deal to go through, although it took a little longer than expected for the deal to go through.
Barajas, 34,will get $900,000 if he makes the 25-man roster, which he most certainly will. He then could earn up to $2 million if he plays 120 or more games this season.
Barajas spent last season with the Toronto Blue Jays, driving in a career-high 71 runs. He hit .226 (97-429) and connected on 19 home runs with 19 doubles. His 19 home runs were tied for fourth among American League catchers.
The 6-2, 250-pound catcher threw out a career-high 22 would-be base stealers last season, ranking third in the American League. Over the last two years, Barajas compiled a 3.81 catcher’s ERA, good for fourth lowest among major leagues catchers with 200 or more starts.
The Paradise Valley, AZ native has spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Philadelphia Phillies in addition to Toronto over his 11-year major league career. In 813 games, he is a .238 hitter (601-2,521) with 92 home runs and 355 RBI.