According to sources cited by the Dallas Morning News, Texas free agent Rod Barajas is deciding between the Phillies and Rockies.
Our local addition also suggests the Phillies are closing in on a backup. Marcus Hayes said in this morning’s Daily News that the "Phillies appeared to be close to signing a backup last night."
Barajas, 31, split time behind the plate in 2006 and hit .256/.298/.410 with 11 home runs, a significant drop from his 2005 production (21 homers, .466 SLG). Hard Ball times rated him as the 14th-most productive catcher in the AL, according to Win Shares. If added, Barajas would figure to split time with Carlos Ruiz.
Beerleaguer: It’s a shame the Phillies couldn’t land Toby Hall, because now they're in position to shell out more than this role is truly worth. Barajas isn’t that good, and earned $3.2 million last season. He’ll likely ride his 2005 campaign (21 homers, .466 SLG) to a nice free agent payday, with more years than he deserves. Fortunately, he is a Type B free agent. Carlos Ruiz is a pretty good looking young player, and so is Jason Jaramillo. Barajas is a good defender, but a shallow hitter and is getting on in years. He doesn’t get on base and is an all-or-nothing hitter. His career .692 OPS stinks. Then there’s this question of "Why not Chris Coste?"