Dodgers Claim Rod Barajas on Waivers

New York Mets Rod Barajas reacts at the plate in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field in New York City on May 12, 2010. The Nationals defeated the Mets 6-4. UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom Mets assigned Rod Barajas to the Dodgers today on a waiver claim. It’s a good move for both teams and Barajas as well. The Dodgers have absolutely no offense at catcher with Russell Martin on the disabled list, Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. So they’ll gain a little benefit from having Barajas.

It seems like this is the rare win-win-win situation. The Mets unload a useless player and dump salary in a meaningless season, the Dodgers get a little more offense from the catcher, and Barajas gets to go home to L.A. Jesus Feliciano will take over Barajas’ roster spot which is much more useful for the Mets.

Barajas has done next to nothing for the Mets for most of this season. He has 17 hits since the end of May! Although he seems like a good guy, he’s wasting a roster spot at this point.

Josh Thole is doing a nice job and Henry Blanco is a capable backup that the pitchers like to throw to.

Take a look at Barajas’ stats for 2010 by month and it’s easy to see why he’s history.
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Mets Perez Returns, Turner Out

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In a surprising move, the Mets activated Oliver Perez and shipped out Justin Turner. Turner heads back to Triple-A Buffalo. The Mets will continue to carry three catchers plus Alex Cora, Chris Carter, and Jeff Francoeur on the bench.

Keeping three catchers on the roster seems like an unsustainable strategy. Josh Thole has earned the right to be on the Mets roster. Rod Barajas has earned a trip to the waiver wire. It’s that simple.

As far as Perez goes, we’ll see how Manuel uses him. I have a feeling he’ll be doing mop-up duty and that’s about it.

Video: Oliver Perez in Arizona

May 09, 2010 - Queens, NEW YORK, United States - epa02150562 New York Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez firing a pitch to home plate to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field, in Queens, New York, USA, 09 May 2010. day we all feared is here. It looks like Oliver Perez will be activated from the disabled list today. Likely, Josh Thole will be sent down to Triple-A Buffalo but we’ll find out for sure later this afternoon.

Perez threw in the bullpen in front of Dan Warthen and Jerry Manuel yesterday. From their comments, they didn’t sound impressed. Manuel said that Perez will be the second lefty out of the bullpen and he’ll try to find spots to use him. Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Perez’ return to the team.

I’m really disappointed to see Thole leave, if that’s what they decide to do. I understand that he has options and that’s a factor. But Rod Barajas certainly isn’t in the Mets long term plans. And there’s hardly anything left on his 1-year contract. They could easily release Barajas and go with Thole and Henry Blanco.

Reds 8 – Mets 6 July 5, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)’s game had three story lines. First, Mike Pelfrey has been shaky for several starts but he was just plain bad tonight. He gave up 7 runs in 4.2 IP. 9 hits and 4 walks killed him. Pelfrey takes the loss and his ERA is over 3 now. Certainly, he’s still having a good first half but the last month or so he’s been on a downward spiral.

Second, there was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long time that led to Jerry Manuel getting thrown out. In the top of the fifth, the Reds had the bases loaded with no outs against Pelfrey. Scott Rolen was called out by home plate ump Jerry Meals on a foul tip held by Rod Barajas. Rolen argued that the ball knicked his arm. The umpires conferred and changed the call to a hit by pitch. Manuel argued and got tossed. It was completely ridiculous that umpires 90-100 feet away would have a better view of a hit by pitch than the home plate ump.

Third, the Mets made a nice comeback in the bottom of the fifth scoring five to get the score to 7-6. The rally was highlighted by an Angel Pagan homer, David Wright triple, and Alex Cora 2 RBI double. Pagan had another nice game with 2 hits including the homer to get his average over .300. But it wasn’t enough to get back into the lead.

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Mets 5 – Orioles 1 June 11, 2010

Chris Carter (R) of the New York Mets is greeted at home plate by teammate Ike Davis after hitting a three-run home run off of Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in the fourth inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) Mets put up one run in the top of the first inning on a David Wright RBI single and they never looked back. The Orioles are just a terrible team and it’s a good time to beat up on a team during a road trip. R.A. Dickey was very solid again. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop with him and it isn’t happening. Tonight he went 7 IP allowing 1 run and had a career high 8 strikeouts. The knuckler was moving. Rod Barajas had 2 passed balls and Dickey had a wild pitch that allowed the O’s to score their only run.

The Mets offense was solid with 10 hits and 1 walk. The big blast was a Chris Carter 3-run homer to right field in the fourth inning. Those are so rare for the Mets that it’s a shock when they get one. Wright was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s as well.

It’s a good way to start a three game series in Baltimore.

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Padres 18 – Mets 6 May 31, 2010

New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves can’t remember seeing so many pitchers get hit so hard as the Mets did last night. Hisanori Takahashi finally got hit after two great starts. He gave up a grand slam in the second inning to Jerry Hairston, Jr. and it was all downhill from there. The bullpen came in to help him out and gave up 12 MORE runs! It was unbelievable.

The Mets had some decent offense with 8 hits and 5 walks scoring 6 runs. Rod Barajas hit his 11th homer of the season. But this game was a laugher right from the start, the Mets were out of it.

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Brewers 2 – Mets 0 May 28, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana prepares to pitch to a Milwaukee Brewers batter in the second inning of a MLB National League game in Milwaukee game was defined by two great starting pitching performances. Johan Santana and Yovani Gallardo went toe-to-toe through eight scoreless innings. Gallardo made it through the ninth. But Ryota Igarashi gave up a 2 run walk off homer to Cory Hart in the bottom of the ninth.

Both Gallardo and Santana were really on tonight. It was a pleasure to watch until Igarashi gave it up in the ninth. The Mets didn’t have much offense. How much could there be in a scoreless game?

Rod Barajas and Santana had two hits apiece. That accounted for 4 of the team’s 8 hits.

It’s a disappointing way to lose but the Mets have been flying high this week and Santana was outstanding. The Brewers just got the best of them tonight. It happens.

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