Pirates' Barajas getting acquainted with new team

FRED GOODALL AP Baseball Writer Published:

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates impressed Rod Barajas with an aggressive pitch in free agency, selling the veteran catcher on the team's promising future and the role he could play in helping them be successful.

Manager Clint Hurdle envisions the 36-year-old having a positive influence on a revamped pitching staff, strengthening the defense and impacting the offense, too.

Barajas signed a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a $3.5 million club option for 2013.

That may seem a little high for a .238 career hitter in 13 seasons with six previous teams, however the Pirates are banking on him being worth it.