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Arizona Diamondbacks release Rod Barajas

The Arizona Diamondbacks have released catcher Rod Barajas.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have released catcher Rod Barajas, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic.

The D'backs signed Barajas to a minor league contract this offseason, which included an invitation to major league spring training. He was in competition with Wil Nieves to backup regular catcher Miguel Montero.

Barajas appeared in 14 games for the D'backs this spring, hitting .290/.371/.645 with five doubles and two home runs. He spent the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting .206/.283/.343 with 11 doubles and 11 home runs over 361 plate appearances.

Barajas has been used primarily as a backup catcher throughout his career, as he's only totaled north of 400 plate appearances twice over his 14 years in the majors. The 37-year-old owns a career batting line of .235/.284/.407.

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