Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has settled on a No. 1 catcher for next season and his name isn't Bengie Molina or Gregg Zaun.
Former Texas Rangers backstop Rod Barajas has agreed to a two-year deal with Toronto, pending a medical Monday, the Toronto Sun reported after talking to one of the player's representatives, Terry Bross, Sunday night.
It's believed Barajas will earn just shy of $6 million US over the next two seasons.
"It's a good fit for both Rod and the Blue Jays," Bross said. "J.P. said he was looking for a No. 1 catcher who could play 120 games a season and that was exactly what Rod was looking for."
Barajas, 31, posted a .256 batting average in 97 games for Texas last season with 11 home runs and 41 runs batted in. In 2005, he slugged a career-high 21 homers in 410 at-bats.
Zaun, who rejected a $6-million package, is expected to join either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees as a backup.
Zaun and Molina, whom Ricciardi lured last off-season, shared the catching duties in 2006, but both are free agents.