Citing a baseball source, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the 31-year-old catcher will receive a one-year contract with an option for a second year, physical pending.
Beerleaguer: This deal is more palatable now that it's reportedly running for one season, and kudos to the Phillies for keeping yet another free agent signing to within reason (details pending). It's also a small show of faith in what they already have in Carlos Ruiz and Jason Jaramillo, plus the option buys them time if the in-house candidates flop. On the other hand, it verifies they have no faith in Chris Coste. Bajaras is a good defender and a skilled handler, and that's all they needed. If all goes well for Ruiz, who has the potential to be a better offensive performer, expect a fairly even split with Barajas by the end of the season, with Barajas seeing most of the early action. The drawbacks are the same as discussed in the previous thread. Barajas' low on-base percentage and poor speed could develop into another bottom-lineup, black hole situation, and Manuel is known to stick with struggling veterans to the bitter end.
In other news, The Phillies finalized their deal with outfielder Jayson Werth, who signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with performance bonuses.