Every season has early surprises and one surprise for 2010 fantasy baseball managers is Mets’ catcher Rod Barajas.
Barajas, 34, has proven to be a great late round or $1 auction pickup. The Mets’ backstop has cracked 9 homeruns in just 103 at bats. Barajas won’t help your fantasy baseball team out in a lot of areas, but one area that he can shine, especially for a catcher, is with homeruns.
He’s no stranger to the long ball. Barajas cracked 19 homeruns in 460 AB’s last year for the Jays. In 2005, he set a career high with 21 homeruns when playing for the Rangers.
The Mets pursued Bengie Molina during the offseason. The Mets hoped he would fill the void behind the plate. In January, Molina elected to re-sign with San Francisco.
By then, the Mets had already signed Blanco as insurance. In February, general manager Omar Minaya added Barajas. Both catchers inked one-year deals. If all the incentives are met, the contracts combine for $3.5 million.
Barajas wasn’t getting any offers when Minaya called and his agent had advised him to consider signing a minor league contract. “It was confusing,” Barajas said. “It was disappointing. It was frustrating. I wasn’t getting any offers at all.”
Barajas has gotten most of the work, but Blanco, 38, has also seen action. Last week the two catchers combined for game winning homers in Friday and Saturday games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in MLB history that two different catchers combined for walk-off homers in consecutive games.