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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