Posted February 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The Pittsburgh Pirates impressed Rod Barajas with an aggressive pitch in free agency, selling the veteran catcher on the team's promising future and the role he could play in helping them be successful. Manager Clint Hurdle envisions the 36-year-old having a positive influence on a revamped pitching staff, strengthening the defense and impacting the offense, too. Barajas signed a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a $3.5 million club option for 2013. That may seem a little high for a .238 career in 13 seasons with six previous teams, however the Pirates are banking on him being worth it. ''His job, as he well knows, is to make every guy that's out on that mound better,'' Hurdle said Wednesday. ''And we feel very comfortable in the fact that he's going to be able to do that.'' Barajas hit .230 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs in 98 games with the Dodgers last season. He hit 52 homers over the past three seasons with Los Angeles, the...
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