Pirates Decline Rod Barajas’ Option For 2013

By Jason Shetler

In a move that comes as no surprise, the Pirates have declined Rod Barajas’ club option for 2013. This according to Rob Biertempfel. Barajas was due to make $3.5M next season had his option been exercised, but instead will receive no buyout. Barajas signed as a free agent last November to be the Pirates regular catcher after Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder signed elsewhere, and because Michael McKenry didn’t show enough that he could be the Pirates starting backstop entering 2012. Barajas struggled with the Pirates this year where he posted a batting line of .206/.283/.343 in 104 games played and threw out just 6% of opposing basestealers which was the worst mark in all of baseball. Despite the poor numbers, Barajas for whatever reason, continued to get more playing time over the better performing Michael McKenry. The Pirates will now have to decide whether to re-sign Barajas for cheaper or let him walk? I personally think it would be a mistake to bring him back even as a backup. Besides the fact he doesn’t give you much offensive upside, his defense is below average and you’d like to have someone who can throw out baserunners consistently on days when McKenry isn’t catching.


Gustavo Nunez Claimed By Diamondbacks

By Jason Shetler

According to the Pirates official twitter account, the Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers. Nunez was selected by the Pirates from the Detroit Tigers in last offseason’s Rule V Draft. He suffered an ankle injury in Spring Training and was placed on the 60-day DL. He appeared in 14 rehab games for the GCL Pirates, Bradenton and Altoona later in the year. Because Nunez did not play at all for the Pirates this season, he would have had to repeat his Rule V status for next season. The Dbacks now will have to follow the same Rule V process of either keeping him on the 25-man roster throughout 2013, or sending him back to the Tigers.