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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:08 pm 
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Barajas willing to take less money to stay a Pirate




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Tribune-Review Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel can be reached via e-mail or at 412-320-7811

By Rob Biertempfel

Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 5:36 p.m.
Updated less than a minute ago


Catcher Rod Barajas is open to re-signing with the Pirates for less money if the club does not pick up his $3.5 million contract option for 2013.

Barajas, 37, is making $4 million this season. The option for next year has no buyout.

“I would like to be back here,” Barajas said. “If that means we have to try to figure something out, then absolutely.”

Barajas is batting .197 with nine homers, 25 RBI and a .593 OPS. He has made four errors, been charged with six passed balls and has thrown out 4 of 65 base-stealers, a 6 percent success rate. Pirates pitchers have a combined 3.59 ERA when he is behind the plate.

“I’ve gotten to know the guys pretty well,” Barajas said. “When you get a feel for a rotation, it’s always nice to come back and not go through a huge learning curve. It would be fun to come back.”

Entering this season, there were questions about Barajas’ durability. Yet the 14-year veteran is on pace to play in 107 games, which would be his highest total since 2009.

The Pirates have not approached Barajas about whether they will trigger his option or if it’s open to negotiation. General manager Neal Huntington did not rule out Barajas returning in 2013.

“We’re open to any consideration,” Huntington said. “But I’m not ready to commit to anything right now.”

The free-agent market for catchers this offseason will be shallow. Michael McKenry, who has played in 73 games this season, will return next year. Tony Sanchez, a first-round draft pick in 2009, spent all of this season at Triple-A and could vie for a big league job in spring training.

“We’ll go through an exhaustive process this offseason to see what our internal and external options are: trade, free agency, what have you,” Huntington said. “We’ll work hard to put the best player in the right spot.”

Rob Biertempfel is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or 412-320-7811.









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 Post subject: Re: Catcher Rod Barajas is open to re-signing with the Pirat
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:09 pm 
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personally id give him even more money to leave.lol :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Barajas willing to take less money to stay a Pirate
PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:42 pm 
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This is news? There is absolutely zero probability of him playing for his option
contract level anywhere in MLB.

It's obvious that it's time for Barajas to hang them up. What aspect of the game
does he still do at the MLB level besides cash checks? Hurdle's devotion to him is inexplicable.
NH's wanting to keep him makes monetary sense only, they have to pay him whether he's on
the team or sitting on the couch at home. It's not like NH will be held accountable from above for
Barajas's piss poor field performance.

The sad part is if Barajas willing to work cheap enough, bad deal Neal could bring him back. He would
spin it for the masses by emphasizing the team's record in the first half with him behind the plate.
Hurdle could talk up his "leadership" again.


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6 percent of would-be base stealers are terrible.

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 Post subject: Re: Barajas willing to take less money to stay a Pirate
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I'm willing to take the league minimum to sign with the Pirates for 2013. Even in my temporarily disabled state from Achilles Tendon surgery, I am almost guaranteed to provide similar and potentially even more production than Barajas. Let me know Neal...


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 Post subject: Re: Barajas willing to take less money to stay a Pirate
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Seriously, this is news?

Clint Hurdle is the only person in the world who thinks Barajas is a major league baseball player. Of course he wants to come back here, even if it means minimum wage. The alternative is sitting on the couch.


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Rod Barajas needs to pay the Pirates to play here next year.


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