Barajas Switches Coasts

File this one under pointless acquisitions.

Brad Ausmus is one of the game’s worst hitters with a .225 wOBA and somehow A.J. Ellis has actually performed worse in more plate appearances. Ellis’ wOBA is .206 and his WRC+ is 24. The Dodgers do upgrade offensively as Rod Barajas is projected for a .289 wOBA the rest of the way, matching his current wOBA production.

The offensive upgrade is legitimate. Perhaps the goal is to make these final six weeks more enjoyable for the fan base. Intentions of Barajas being on either team’s playoff squad is misplaced. The Mets have about the same chances of making the postseason as the Dodgers and since Barajas is a free agent at year’s end, he doesn’t add any value beyond this season. As cruel as it may sound, the most valuable thing about Barajas might be his projected Type-B status. If the Dodgers offer arbitration and he declines, then finds another team willing to give him a major league deal, the Dodgers would net a sandwich pick.

There’s not much else to say from the Dodgers’ side besides that this deal looks better than the head-scratching Octavio Dotel move. One has to wonder what – if anything – this signals about the Dodgers’ thoughts on their playoff hopes. No simulations or projections required to realize that being 10 down with 38 games remaining is a rather impossible task.

Josh Thole has started most of the games at backstop for the Mets lately anyways, and since he is the best catcher mentioned in this piece, that should continue to be the plan. Credit the Mets for getting some cash in return, although it’s likely an inconsequential amount that nobody will remember in a month’s time.

Now back to baseball evens that will matter to the races.



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Max
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Max
6 years 7 days ago

“events”

max
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max
6 years 7 days ago

How do you keep posting under my name? I’ve had an account here since last september. I know it’s a common name, but I assumed that since it let me have the name, nobody else had taken it. Shouldn’t it not let you use that?

DavidCEisen
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DavidCEisen
6 years 6 days ago

No, you don’t need to log in to post here.

Al
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Al
6 years 7 days ago

Oh, is that what he meant to say? I was struggling to understand this entire article without you fixing that for me. Thanks, Max.

Ryan W
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Ryan W
6 years 7 days ago

Assuming Barajas holds his compensation value, it sounds to me like the Dodgers just bought a draft pick in what most observers think is a ridiculously deep draft.

supermets
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supermets
6 years 7 days ago

If we signs a major league deal, which he couldn’t do last offseason.

Franco
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Franco
6 years 7 days ago

Wouldn’t a soon to be 36yo mediocre catcher be tempted to accept arb? Especially one that signed a deal a month before spring training last season.

NM
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NM
6 years 7 days ago

The ‘win’ in the deal for the Mets isn’t that they got cash considerations for Barajas, its that they recognized how terrible he is and will continue to give the much more youthful and useful Josh Thole playing time the rest of the way.

tdotsports1
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6 years 7 days ago

Can’t believe the Jays got a solid draft pick as compensation for this guy, definitely something wrong with the system when that happens!

Xeifrank
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6 years 6 days ago

0.30% chance of winning the NL West.

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