The Dodgers, who have struggled at the catcher position since Russell Martin went down on August 3, have acquired Rod Barajas from the Mets for cash considerations, the team announced today.â†µ
Barajas, who turns 35 on September 5, is hitting .225/.263/.414 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 74 games this season. Barajas makes $500,000 this season in base salary, plus incentives, meaning the Dodgers will be on the hook for roughly $117,486 in additional salary.â†µ
Since Martin went down, Dodger catchers Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis have combined for eight hits in 56 at-bats, hitting .143/.200/.161. They have also thrown out none of the 18 runners that have attempted to steal against them this month.â†µ
Barajas has only thrown out four of 27 would-be base stealers this season, but for his career has gunned down 33% of opposing runners.