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.