The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas today, which makes it unlikely that they will bring back catchers Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, who both became free agents when the Pirates declined their options.  Both catchers profile as Type B free agents, which could net the Pirates a compensation pick in the 2012 draft for each player.  To get the pick, the Pirates would have to offer arbitration, and the players would have to turn down the offer and sign elsewhere.

There is a risk in offering arbitration.  Snyder made $5.75 M in 2011.  Doumit made $5.2 M.  If either player accepted arbitration, the Pirates would have to pay them a raise over their 2011 salaries.  Considering that they've signed Rod Barajas to be their starter, they probably won't take the risk of adding one of the...

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