The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first addition in the free agent market, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal with a club option for the 2013 season. No financial terms are known yet, although Barajas made $3.25 M in 2011.
In my preview of the free agent catchers, I listed Barajas as an option that would make sense for the Pirates. He turns 36 next year, although he's been durable, with almost 2500 innings caught over the last three years. That amount is more than any catcher on the free agent market. His OPS over the last three years has been .699, so he won't provide the offense that the Pirates saw out of Ryan Doumit. However, he has a 26.5% caught stealing rate and a passed ball every 206.97 innings, both upgrades over Doumit.
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