According to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com, the Red Sox are reportedly targeting free agent catcher Rod Barajas, as an option to replace Victor Martinez, who earlier today officially signed with the Detroit Tigers.
The Red Sox had been seriously considering signing John Buck in anticipation that Martinez would leave, but he signed with the Marlins very quickly during the GM Meetings in Florida. The Sox have also been targeting fellow free agents Miguel Olivo and Yorvit Torrealba as possibilities behind the plate.
Barajas spent time last season with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers after he was traded there following the July 31st trade deadline. Barajas was able to put up solid power numbers in New York before being traded.
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Barajas performed ok when he was shifted to part-time duty with the Dodgers:
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Barajas, who turned 35 in September has similar numbers to the likes of Buck, Olivo, and Torrealba and is very high on the Red Sox radar. With Victor Martinez gone to the Tigers, the Red Sox may consider the 35-year old for a platoon partner with fellow catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Barajas has a career OPS just under .700, but he was able to hit 17 total home runs last season and add 47 RBIs. However it should be noted that Barajas' caught stealing percentage fell to 34%, 15 points lower than his 2008 season with the Blue Jays.
He could be a very cheap, offensive power threat, but could be risky choice as a good defensive catcher, which is why they let Victor Martinez walk so easily.