Barajas willing to take less money to stay a Pirate
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-320-7811.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Cubs’ Arrieta, Pirates’ Cole leave batters with little margin for error
- How the Pirates put together another postseason contender
- Fans connect with their beloved Pirates through homemade signs
- NL wild-card game notebook: Pirates understand hype surrounding Cubs
- NL wild-game game players to watch
- Maddon, Hurdle are the models for modern major-league managers
- Rossi: Time for Pirates to take next step
- Pirates will play NL wild-card game at PNC Park after shutting out Reds
- Cubs’ youth movement pays dividends, leads to postseason berth
- Starkey: Searage, Pirates ultra-confident
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, Oct. 4, 2015