The Boston Red Sox reportedly had interest in free agent catcher John Buck, but he signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Florida Marlins.
The Red Sox also made a bid to retain Victor Martinez, but he agreed to a $50 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.
Now Boston is considering a number of catching contingencies. Free agent Rod Barajas is one of them, a major-league source said Wednesday.
Barajas’ career offensive numbers are similar to those of Buck and free agent Miguel Olivo, according to the statistical database at Baseball-Reference.com.
Barajas, 35, has a lifetime OPS just below .700, but he performed well in limited action with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of this season.
One cause for concern: Barajas’ caught-stealing percentage dropped from 34 percent in 2009 to 15 percent this year.
The Dodgers did not offer Barajas salary arbitration on Tuesday night.
-Jon Paul Morosi