MLB News: Dodgers claim Rod Barajas off waivers

And you thought all the moves involving players you’ve heard of ended on July 31st. Not so! The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Rod Barajas off waivers from the New York Mets, landing a catcher who has hit 12 home runs this season.

Barajas got off to an excellent start power-wise in 2010, hitting 11 of his 12 home runs in April and May. At one point, he was on pace for over 60 home runs, though he has since cooled off. After hitting .269 with 30 RBI in the first two months, he has hit only .163 with one home run and four RBI since.

The Mets clearly have a lot of confidence in their young catcher Josh Thole, who will now be their primary catcher—and for pretty good reason, as Thole is hitting .292 in 96 big league at-bats this season. In 29 games in the field, he has committed zero errors, which is also a plus.

With Barajas’ departure, the Mets recalled Jesus Feliciano, who is also hitting .292 at the major league level this year. He has an aptitude for making contact—in 65 at-bats, he has only five strikeouts…and one walk.

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