Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Arizona may be looking to add a familiar face to fill its backup catcher role.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have offered a contract to catcher Rod Barajas, according to MLB.com. The D-Backs are looking for someone to fill a backup catcher void offer non-tendering Henry Blanco and Wil Nieves. Barajas previously played for Arizona from 1999 to 2003.
Barajas spent last season as the primary catcher in Pittsburgh. He hit .206/.283/.343 with 11 home runs and 11 doubles in 107 games with the Pirates in 2012.
Since leaving the Diamondbacks, Barajas has also spent time with the Rangers, Phillies, Blue Jays, Mets, and Dodgers. For his career, he is a .234/.284/.407 hitter in 3,784 career plate appearances. A limited role may suit the 37-year-old catcher, as his best numbers came in a 25-game 2010 season. That year, he posted an OPS of .939 with five homers and three doubles in just 72 plate appearances.
Miguel Montero will be the primary catcher for Arizona this season. He had an OPS of .829 in 141 games last year.