PHOENIX -- Rod Barajas is one of the great success stories in Diamondbacks history, a tribute not only to their scouting but to his perseverance. A World Series ring, 136 home runs and six stops later, Barajas is back to complete the circle.
We are hoping to make some new memories this time around, Barajas said.
Barajas is one of the handful of original D-backs, signed out of a free-agent tryout camp in 1996 months after the team made a splash by spending millions on free agents Vladimir Nunez and Larry Rodriguez, who had defected from Cuba.
While just about everything has changed new management, new front office, new spring training site, new colors, full roster makeover the employment opportunity is about the same. Barajas did not have a job handed to him the first time, and he does not expect it now as he competes for the backup catching job with Wil Nieves behind All-Star Miguel Montero after signing a minor league contract with a spring training invitation last week.