Barajas returns to Arizona
Catcher Rod Barajas has returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he started his major-league career.
The team said Sunday the 37-year-old agreed to a minor-league contract. He will go to spring training and compete with Wil Nieves for a backup job behind Miguel Montero.
Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBI in 321 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year. According to STATS, he threw out just four of 97 runners attempting to steal on him.
He played for Arizona from 1999-03, then went to Texas (2004-06), Philadelphia (2007), Toronto (2008-09), the New York Mets (2010) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2010-11).
Hairston, Cubs finalize
Outfielder Scott Hairston and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract.
The 32-year-old Hairston hit .263 with a career-high 20 homers, 57 RBI and 25 doubles last year in his second season with the New York Mets.
He also has played for Arizona (2004-07), San Diego (2007-09, 2010) and Oakland (2009) during a nine-year big-league career. Hairston has a .247 career average with 95 homers and 279 RBI.
The deal had been agreed to last month pending a physical and was completed Sunday. Outfielder Tony Campana was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot. Chicago has 10 days to trade him, assign him outright to the minor leagues or release him.
Lowe signs with Dodgers
Mark Lowe and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league contract, giving the team another bullpen option in spring training.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last year, when he didn’t pitch in the major leagues from June 25 to Aug. 10 because of a strained muscle in his right side.
He will compete for a job in a crowded bullpen as the high-spending Dodgers try to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Reds add Galarraga
Pitcher Armando Galarraga has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and will try to win a job at spring training.
The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with the Houston Astros. When he pitched for Houston on July 28, it was his first major-league appearance since May 16, 2011, for Arizona.