The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first addition to the 40-man roster this off-season, signing veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one year, $4 M deal. The deal comes with a $3.5 M option in 2013 that has no buyout. The move was made exactly one week after teams were eligible to negotiate with free agents. The move was a bit of a surprise considering how young the off-season is. Normally you don't see moves taking place this soon, outside of players re-signing with their former teams.
"They were aggressive," Barajas said about the Pirates pursuing him. "They definitely showed that they wanted me to be a part of their team."
Barajas mentioned that he received a lot of interest, and had a few firm offers from other teams, but that the aggressiveness by the Pirates is what got him to ...
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