According to multiple reports, the first coming from Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com, the Mets are hot and heavy to gain the services of free agent backstop Rod Barajas. If they are able to bring Barajas into the fold, it will be the fourth catcher the team has imported this offseason. At this moment, it does not appear that the Mets are willing to offer Barajas a major league contract. Instead, they want to give him a minor league deal with an invite to spring training and the chance to win the starting job.
Barajas, 34, hit 19 home runs in 429 at-bats, and finished with 71 RBIs in 2009 while manning the dish for the Blue Jays. He also threw out over 29% of base stealers, good for second best on the A.L.
I am all for bringing this guy in, even if it meant giving him a guaranteed contract. He would be the only one of the 50,000 Mets catching hopefuls that has been a legitimate starter in this league. The team can’t possibly go into the season with a bunch of backups wearing the mask, can they? This is the dysfunctional, seemingly broke NY Mets of the new millennium, so the answer to that question is a resounding: HELL YES THEY CAN!
In any case, the boys are back on the field officially tomorrow when pitchers and half of the backup catchers in all of baseball report to Mets camp in Port St. Lucie. Get ready for a lot of positive spin and good PR, though there should be some really intriguing stuff as well considering the amount of adversity this team is trying to rebound from. I will be down at Mets camp on March 26-27 and hopefully I will get a feel of the vibe around this squad and thusly report it back to you guys.