New York Mets News

Rod Barajas Signs with Mets

By Adam Garnett
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It looks as if the Mets muddled catching situation has become a bit less muddled. According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, Rod Barajas has signed a major-league deal with the Mets. The deal is reportedly worth $1 million, with incentives that could put the final total around $1.5 million.

Barajas had been mulling offers from the Mets and the Rangers. Both team originally offered the 34-year old backstop minor-league deals, with the Rangers offering more money. Obviously the Mets felt they had to up their offer to a guaranteed deal in order to get Barajas aboard and it appears that has happened. This is a positive development for the Mets. Barajas is a true pro who has some pop (19 HR, 71 RBI in 2009) with Toronto and is a one of the best at throwing out base stealers in all of baseball (second best % in the AL last season).

Most importantly, it gives the Mets another year to be able to season future starter Josh Thole in the minors. From what we saw of Thole in 2009, the guy can flat out rake but being a converted catcher, needs to polish his defensive skills.

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In unrelated news involving a former Met, it appears as if Carlos Delgado’s return to the Majors will have to wait. According to Rosenthal, the Delgado underwent surgery on his hip for the second time in the last nine months and will miss the next four months. Mets fans….You can all let out a collective PHEW!!!! It would have been patented Mets if they signed this guy and a week later he found out he needed surgery. Maybe the worm that has been tunneling its way through the HR apple has finally turned?

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