Sources: Mets make push for Barajas

BY Ken Rosenthal • February 16, 2010

The Mets are making "a hard push" for free-agent catcher Rod Barajas and negotiating with him on a one-year deal, according to major-league sources.

Barajas, 34, likely would get the bulk of playing time for the Mets, whose other catchers — Henry Blanco, Omir Santos, Chris Coste and Josh Thole — are either backups or unproven.

Earlier this offseason, the Mets tried to land free-agent catcher Bengie Molina, who re-signed with the Giants, and passed on Yorvit Torrealba, who went to the Padres.

Barajas batted .226 for the Blue Jays last season. His on-base percentage was only .258. But he hit 19 home runs in 429 at-bats, finished with 71 RBIs and threw out 29.3 percent of his attempted base stealers, second best in the American League.

The Rangers and Mariners also have been pursuing catching help.

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