Source: Mets, Barajas agree on 1-year deal

Free-agent catcher Rod Barajas reached agreement Saturday on a
one-year, $1 million contract with the Mets, according to a
major-league source.

The deal also includes $1 million in easily attainable
incentives, the source said.

Both the Mets and Rangers had extended minor-league proposals
to Barajas, and the Rangers’ initial bid was $1.5 million,
according to sources.

The Mets, however, upgraded their bid to a major-league offer
on Friday, ensuring that Barajas’ money would be guaranteed.

Barajas, 34, figures to emerge as the Mets’ starting
catcher. The team’s other catchers – Henry Blanco, Omir
Santos, Chris Coste and Josh Thole – are all either backups
or unproven.

The Blue Jays will directly benefit from Barajas signing a
major- league deal, receiving a supplemental draft choice between
the first and second rounds.

The Jays offered salary arbitration to Barajas, a Type B free
agent, and he declined. The team would not have received a pick as
compensation if he had signed a minor-league deal.

The Mets, meanwhile, will need to designate a player for
assignment to make room for Barajas on their 40-man roster.

Barajas had 19 home runs and 71 RBIs last season in 460 plate
appearances with the Jays last season. However, he batted only .226
with a .258 on-base percentage.

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