Report: Rod Barajas, Mets agree

Updated: February 20, 2010, 4:45 PM ET
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The New York Mets, who are still looking for a bonafide starting catcher, reportedly might have found him on Saturday.

The Mets agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with catcher Rod Barajas, FoxSports.com reported Saturday, citing an unnamed source.

The Texas Rangers reportedly offered Barajas a minor league deal.

Omir Santos is the No. 1 catcher by default in Mets camp, but the team reportedly was uneasy with the thought of going into the season with him as the starter as his game-calling skills reportedly were called into question last season.

Santos hit .260 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs last season.

Prospect Josh Thole, who hit .321 in 17 games last season, was also being considered but is more likely to start the season at Triple-A Buffalo.

The Mets signed Henry Blanco earlier this offseason to serve as the team's primary backup catcher.

Barajas, who was the Blue Jays' starting catcher last season, hit 19 home runs with 71 RBIs in 2009. The 34-year-old, who only had a .226 average, threw out 33 percent of base runners attempting to steal last season.