News: Mets sign Rod Barajas

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Rod Barajas has passed his physical, and is expected in camp tomorrow.

Update, 8:31 am:

Adam Rubin of the Daily News says there is still nothing official regarding Rod Barajas’ physical.

Update, February 22 at 6:59 pm:

Jon Heyman of SI.com says Barajas’ deal will pay him $500,000 in guaranteed money, $400,000 if he is on the Opening Day roster, and an additional $1 million in incentives based on games played.

Update, February 21 at 4:16 pm:

Adam Rubin of the Daily News says Rod Barajas will take a physical on Monday, and will not report to Spring Training until after he passes the physical.

Original Post, February 20 at 3:45 pm,
by Matthew Cerrone:

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports says the Mets have signed free-agent C Rod Barajas to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Barajas can earn another $1 million in ‘easily-attainable incentives,’ according to Rosenthal.

The 34-year-old Barajas hit .226 last season with 19 HR and 71 RBI.

… as i have been saying, he’s not great, but i would much, much rather have barajas, for one year and at minimal cost, than have Bengie Molina making $12 million for two years… i am not concerned with offense at catcher… however, i’m thrilled to know the Mets will likely have the best defensive catching duo in baseball, in barajas and Henry Blanco, while Josh Thole is allowed to get more work in Triple-A…

for my take on barajas’s talent, and his role on the Mets, go here