Catcher Rod Barajas returned to the lineup Friday after sitting out three games with a bone bruise on his left knee. Barajas has been masterful in handling one of the best pitching staffs in the National League and has picked things up offensively. Barajas told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he really likes the makeup of this Pirates team.
The Pirates needed a veteran catcher to help the pitching staff coming into the 2012 campaign, that's what they believe they secured in Rod Barajas. The 36-year-old veteran is entering his 14th major league season with his seventh club and has played 1,010 games in the majors. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Barajas recently.
Taking a look at last year's backstops, from Barajas to Gimenez.
February 14, 2012
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas - to a one-year deal with a club option
for 2013. It reportedly was a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal includes a $3.5 million club option for 2013 with no buyout.
November 10, 2011
It didn't take the Phillies long to make decisions on some of their players who were on the bubble for returning next season. Abraham Nunez leads the pack of players given a quick exit.
October 13, 2007
Rod Barajas would like a guarantee to play everyday, but the Phillies were the next best thing. The veteran catcher signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year, giving the Phillies a veteran catcher to help groom Carlos Ruiz.
December 20, 2006