With Barajas in limbo, Jays eye Zaun

With Barajas in limbo, Jays eye Zaun

The Toronto Blue Jays were hoping to introduce free agent Rod Barajas as their new catcher on Tuesday.

That apparently is not going to happen.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that talks on a two-year deal worth between $5.5 million and $6 million hit a last-minute snag on Monday. Barajas, who has changed agents, was supposed to fly to Toronto on Monday for a physical but canceled his trip.

In response, the Blue Jays have apparently cut off negotiations with Barajas and are now reportedly close to re-signing free-agent catcher Gregg Zaun. Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi was not immediately available for comment.

Ricciardi had previously acknowledged interest in Barajas and was hoping to have everything wrapped up before the Winter Meetings start next Monday.

Zaun and Bengie Molina shared the catching duties for the Blue Jays last year but are both free agents. The Blue Jays haven't expressed interest in re-signing Molina and Zaun recently turned down a two-year, $6 million offer from Toronto. That's when the Blue Jays turned to Barajas.

Barajas, 31, hit .256 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs in 97 games for Texas last season. In 2005, he set career highs with 21 homers and 60 RBIs in 120 games for the Rangers. The 35-year-old Zaun hit .272 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs in 290 at-bats for the Jays last season -- his third campaign with the club.

The Blue Jays are scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday to introduce designated hitter Frank Thomas, who signed a two-year, $18 million contract on Nov. 17. Ricciardi and Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey are both scheduled to be in attendance.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.