Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/10/11

The Bucs made a bit of early noise early on in the free agency, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal for $4 million, plus a 2013 club option for $3.5 million.

Barajas is 36. He hit .230 with 16 homers in 98 games for the Dodgers last season. For his career, he’s a .238/.284/.414 hitter. His defense is supposedly pretty good, but as you can see he’s a pretty big downgrade on offense.

Still, the Pirates needed to do something at catcher if they weren’t going to bring Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder back. Barajas isn’t awful, and the free agent market at catcher is horrendous – he was arguably the second best guy out there behind Ramon Hernandez. $4 million may be a little much but it’s not going to cripple spending for the rest of the year or anything.

That said, one has to be very skeptical when talking about a veteran free agent signing with the Pirates. It’s been a while since one of these moves has worked out. I don’t know. On the surface, I’m OK with it because Barajas is an improvement over Michael McKenry and Jason Jaramillo. Doumit is a better hitter but a far worse catcher, plus his option was unreasonable and he can’t be counted on to stay healthy.

©2011 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

.


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Deshaun Watson buys his mom a car after being drafted

Mike Mayock upset about Colts using monkey to announce draft pick (VIDEO)

Jim Kelly has high praise for Chad Kelly

Doug Martin welcomes rookie RB to the Bucs

WATCH: Aaron Judge ties MLB rookie record with 10 homers in April

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Browns draft troubled prospect Caleb Brantley in sixth round

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

John Wall lived up to promise to Atlanta celebrities in Game 6

Let’s watch this devastating tackle sum up today’s Old Firm match

WATCH: Texans announce draft pick from space

Report: Four teams were willing to draft Joe Mixon

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Deshaun Watson buys his mom a car after being drafted

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker