Today we started the 2012 recaps of the individual positions, focusing on the 2012 season and a look ahead at future seasons and the prospects in the organization. The first position was a spot that will probably lead to a lot of discussion over the off-season, and that was the catching position. In the writeup, Kristy noted that Michael McKenry could get the starting job next year, and that if Rod Barajas came back, it would probably be as a backup.
My opinion? There's no reason to bring back Barajas.
A year ago I had Barajas as one of two potential free agents who would be a fit for the Pirates in 2012 (the other was Ramon Hernandez, who also had a poor 2012 season). The situation with the Pirates a year ago was much different. They just completed a season where they used eight catchers. They had two veteran catchers who were both injury prone behind the plate, and both came with over-priced options. Chris Snyder's option was for $6.75 M, and Ryan Doumit's option would have amo...
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