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Neal Huntington didn't want his 2011 catchers back. Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder were both injury-plagued and quite frankly ineffective. The catcher position went from Snyder to Doumit, Doumit to Jaramillo, Jaramillo to Dusty Brown, Dusty Brown to Eric Fryer, Eric Fryer to Wyatt Torregas and finally Mike McKenry came over from Boston and took control.
While "The Fort" stepped in admirably, I'm forced to believe that he will start the season on the bench. To my disappointment, McKenry will probably get 1 game for every 3 that Barajas plays.
Now, Barajas is a speculation of who I think Neal Huntington may go after in free agency. Barajas is old. He's 35 to be exact. He's another one of the stop-gap, over-the-hill veterans that the Pirates are so notorious for signing.
A career .238 hitter with little pop, Barajas will provide a cheap option to save time until Tony Sanchez is ready. Two errors in 88 games with the Dodgers last year will prove to be the reason for signing Barajas, as he is strictly a defensive catcher who is cheap. I think I speak for most Pirates fans out there when I say, we want "The Fort!!"
.241 avg, 17 HRs, 62 RBI