Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pirates Ink Rod Barajas

In some sort of under the radar, some might say surprising, news the Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas for the 2012 season with a club option for 2013.

Barajas will play for his sixth team when he suits up for the Pirates he played for the Dodgers in the 2011 season where he hit for a .230/.287/.430 line with a .307 wOBA, a 97 wRC+ and a 1.3 WAR. Barajas hit for a .240/.284/.447 line in 2010.

Barajas has some pop in the bat with 19 home runs in 2009, 17 in 2010 and 16 in 2011. He will bring some average defense, better than Doumit and he will bring more to the plate than McKenry. Overall I am pretty 'meh' on this signing but I am willing to give it a chance.

Pat from WHYGAVS said it best when he said in a tweet today that Barajas is just a stop gap for the next year, maybe two, until Tony Sanchez can reach the big club. The Pirates still have Jason Jaramillo and McKenry with Eric Fryer down in AAA so yes there are internal options but none of them really intrigue me a lot. I think Fryer has the best chance of those three but I am OK with having Barajas here.

I guess I am OK with this because it is a one year deal at most for a team that isn't going to content in 2012. The money in the deal is supposidly for $4M this year and $3.5M for the option year.

Here are some of Barajas' lines:

YearAgeTmLgGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSOPS+TB
199620DET-minRk,A+7827524953711231058211945.285.338.478.816119
199721-minA+57209199245311073002841.266.297.427.72485
199822ARI-minA+113481442671342602381112581.303.345.518.863229
199923ARI-minAA127548510771624121495202473.318.354.488.842249
199923ARINL518163410130011.250.294.500.794968
200024ARI-minAAA11044641643942501375431465.226.253.380.633158
200024ARINL513131300130004.231.231.462.692666
200125ARI-minAAA45176162235213093231923.321.366.568.93492
200125ARINL51110106917303900426.160.191.274.4641529
200226ARI-minAAA517162710110012.438.471.6881.15811
200226ARINL701721541236100323101025.234.288.357.6456255
200327ARI-minAAA,A+7302851210170023.429.467.5711.03816
200327ARINL802392201948150328001443.218.265.327.5924972
200428TEXAL10838935850892611558011363.249.276.453.72880162
200529TEXAL120449410531042402160002670.254.306.466.77197191
200630TEXAL9737134449882001141001751.256.298.410.70880141
200731PHI-minA,AA824210720020036.333.417.429.8459
200731PHINL48146122162880410012124.230.352.393.7459048
200832TORAL10437734944872301149001761.249.294.410.70486143
200933TORAL12546042943971901971102076.226.258.403.66171173
201034NYM-minA+,Rk521212500150003.238.238.381.6198
201034TOTNL9933931339751401747001354.240.284.447.73197140
201034NYMNL742672493056110123400839.225.263.414.67782103
201034LADNL2572649193051300515.297.361.578.93915337
201135LAD-minA+419184720120012.389.421.6671.08812
201135LADNL9833630529701301647002271.230.287.430.71797131
13 Seasons101034193139367746176112544922178569.238.284.414.698801299
162 Game Avg.162548503591202802072002991.238.284.414.69880208
ARI (5 yrs)211552509441082901166102999.212.257.334.59148170
TEX (3 yrs)32512091112152281701471590156184.253.294.444.73886494
LAD (2 yrs)12340836938891602160002786.241.300.455.756107168
TOR (2 yrs)22983777887184420301201037137.237.275.406.68178316
NYM (1 yr)742672493056110123400839.225.263.414.67782103
PHI (1 yr)48146122162880410012124.230.352.393.7459048
NL (8 yrs)45613731249128281640481701185248.225.281.392.67375489
AL (5 yrs)554204618902394651121772791193321.246.286.429.71483810
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2011.

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