After missing on Bengie Molina and Yorvit Torrealba, the Mets have turned to free agent Rod Barajas to be their No. 1 catcher this season.
MLB.com reports Barajas on Saturday agreed to a one-year major league contract with New York. The site does not give specific terms, but it says media reports of a $1 million base salary are inaccurate. The site also reports the deal is pending a physical.
Barajas, 34, will supplant Omir Santos as the Mets’ top backstop. Santos is now likely headed for Triple-A, where he’ll back up prospect Josh Thole. Henry Blanco was signed in the offseason to be the No. 2 catcher.
The Mets add a needed power bat in Barajas, who hit 19 home runs and drove in 71 runs for the Blue Jays last season.