The New York Mets today announced that catcher Rod Barajas was assigned on a waiver claim to the Los Angeles Dodgers and outfielder Jesus Feliciano was recalled from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. Feliciano will wear uniform #27 and will be available for today’s game at Pittsburgh.
Feliciano, 31, is hitting .292 (19-65) with eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple and two RBI in 27 games with the Mets this season. The 5-10, 190-pounder had his contract selected from Buffalo on June 8 and was optioned to the Bisons on July 11. He was recalled on July 30 before he was optioned back on Aug. 7.
The Bayamon, Puerto Rican native played in 1,271 minor league games and 22 Mexican League contests before making his major league debut earlier this year on June 10 vs. San Diego.
Feliciano hit .342 (100-292) with 53 runs, 17 doubles, one triple, one home run and 26 RBI in 78 games with Buffalo. His .342 batting average would be leading the International League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify for the title.
Barajas, 34, hit .225 (56-245) with 30 runs, 11 doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 74 games with New York this year. Barajas was activated from the 15-Day Disabled List on August 19. He was placed on the DL on July 26 with a strain of his left oblique.
It’s sad to see Barajas go as he is such a great clubhouse presence and provided the Mets a spark at the beginning of the season. He led the club with home runs in the first third of the season, but his production really tailed off, especially after a stint on the disabled list.
His release means Josh Thole will continue to get the starts with Henry Blanco backing him up. This will give Thole more major league experience and primes him for the starting job next season.