The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't waste much time filling their catching void created by not tendering Russell Martin a contract Thursday night, as less than 24 hours later the club re-signed catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract. Barajas will receive $3.25 million in 2011, and will likely take the lion's share of catching duties as that isn't the salary of a backup catcher. The $3.25 million salary is the highest salary ever earned by the 35-year old Barajas.
"Much like Juan Uribe, we’ve seen that Rod can change the game with one swing and he’s a veteran catcher who knows how to handle a pitching staff," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We’re looking forward to having him back with the team next season." Barajas hit .297/.361/.578 in 25 games with the Dodgers after being claimed off waivers from the Mets on August 22.
Barajas grew up a Dodger fan in nearby Norwalk, and hit a home run in his first home game at Dodger Stadium, on August 30. "My hands were shaking, my knees were shaking. It was just a childhood dream come true. I don’t think anyone in my family will ever forget it," said Barajas. "I was happy and excited to finally be part of this organization and put this uniform on." Barajas hit .240/.284/.447 on the season, with 17 home runs, and is a career .239/.284/.412 hitter in parts of 12 major league seasons.
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