Pirates sign free agent catcher Rod Barajas

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

Last season with Los Angeles (NL), Barajas hit .230 (70-for-305) with 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 98 games. He ranked third among all National League catchers with 16 home runs, trailing Atlanta's Brian McCann (23) and Arizona's Miguel Montero (18). He also led the Dodgers with 88 games and 85 starts behind the plate while posting a 3.56 catchers ERA, which was the third-lowest among National League qualifiers.

Since the beginning of the 2009 season, Barajas ranks third among all Major League catchers with 50 home runs, trailing only Brian McCann (64) and Miguel Olivo (51). During that time period he also ranks sixth among all backstops with 161 RBI.

In 966 games behind the plate during his big league career, Barajas has also produced a .993 fielding percentage, committing 45 errors in 6473 total chances.

The 36-year-old Barajas has a career average of .238 (746-for-3139) with 176 doubles, 125 home runs and 449 RBI in 1010 games in the big leagues with Arizona (1999-2003), Texas (2004-2006), Philadelphia (2007), Toronto (2008-2009), the New York Mets (2010) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2010-2011).