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California native will add to club’s catching depth

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today claimed catcher Rod Barajas from the New York Mets. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.

Barajas had played in 74 games for the Mets this year, including 67 starts behind the plate. The Ontario, CA native was batting .225 with 12 homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBI in 249 at-bats for New York.

The 34-year-old catcher has a .237 career average in 887 games with the Diamondbacks (1999-2003), Rangers (2004-06), Phillies (2007), Blue Jays (2008-09) and Mets (2010). He has belted 104 career homers, including a career-high 21 with Texas in 2005. Since coming up with Arizona in 1999, those 104 home runs are tied for 13th among all catchers over that time. This season he has three multi-homer games in his 67 starts and his 12 homers rank fourth in the NL among catchers.

Barajas has also homered in each of the postseason series he appeared in, belting solo blasts in Game 5 of the 2001 World Series and Game 3 of the 2002 Division Series. On May 7, 2010, he hit the first walk-off homer in the history of Citi Field.

Since coming into the big leagues in 1999, Barajas has caught 885 games (762 starts), which ranks 15th in the Major Leagues over that time. He owns a career fielding percentage at the catcher position of .992.

Barajas was originally signed by the Diamondbacks as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 23, 1996 after attending Santa Fe Springs High School and Cerritos Junior college. He and his wife, Stacie, have six children.

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  1. Bobby says:

    i’ll be honest. i’ve only gone to 1 game this year, and that was because i was given free tix. it was my way of protesting the mccourt’s divorce nonsense.

    BUT, now that we have barajas, i may get season tix for the rest of the year.

  2. Roger Dodger says:

    Brought in just in the nick of time.

    Another game Kershaw has to eat it. No run support.

    Looking to next season — Furcal is not on my team. He just breaks down too much. And, his bat was counted on.

    What options do the Dodgers have.

  3. Badger says:

    Barajas adds depth to our lineup. And width. Weight. Age. Lack of speed. All those things you look to avoid when making out a lineup.

    Good for you Bobby.

    I wouldn’t have Blake either Roger. But, we have no choice….. a reminder:

    Blake has a buyout for 2012. Furcal has $3 million deferred bonus and a $12 million salary, so there is our left side infield for 2011. Oh goodie.

  4. Bobby says:

    wow i’m really not excited for 2011 the way this is all looking.

    we really need to see if blake can be traded now as well to some contender who needs a vet 3b


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