Mets make Barajas signing official
Catcher brings offensive power, defensive consistency
The Mets have their new backstop.
Rod Barajas officially joined the Mets on Tuesday after the veteran catcher passed his physical, the club announced.
Expected to take over primary catching duties for the Mets, Barajas agreed to terms on a one-year Major League deal on Saturday.
Barajas brings more power and offense to the lineup than the club's other catching options. As a regular with the Blue Jays in 2009, Barajas hit 19 home runs and drove in 71 runs. His home run total tied him for fourth among all American League catchers. In comparison, no Mets player hit more than 12 home runs (Daniel Murphy) last season.
Defensively, Barajas threw out 34 percent of would-be basestealers in 125 games. He has shown consistency in this department, throwing out at least 33 percent of basestealers each season since 2002.
Barajas, 34, carries a .238 career batting average with 92 career home runs. He has spent time with Arizona, Texas, Philadelphia and Toronto.
Veteran Henry Blanco is expected to take over backup catching duties. Prospect Josh Thole, expected to take over at the Major League level in 2011, should lead the way for Triple-A Buffalo. Omir Santos, expected to start in New York before Barajas' signing, could now be relegated to the Triple-A reserve role.
If Barajas does take the starting role as expected, he will be the Mets' fourth new Opening Day starter behind the plate in seven years, following Mike Piazza, Paul Lo Duca and Brian Schneider, with Thole tentatively on the board for '11.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.