Diamondbacks Sign Barajas to Minor League Deal

By Michael Jenkins

The Diamondbacks signed veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a minor league deal on Sunday. The 37-year-old Barajas will get a chance to compete for the backup catcher job with Wil Nieves as they battle to backup starting catcher Miguel Montero this season.

Barajas is back with the team which he began his major league career. Barajas played in Arizona from 1999-2003 and in those years with the D’backs, Barajas hit .219 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI’s over five seasons in the desert.

Apr. 17, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Rod Barajas swings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 14-year veteran has played with seven other organizations, spending last season in Pittsburgh. He hit .206 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI’s in 104 games with the Pirates last season.