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T.R. Sullivan on the catching situation

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T.R. Sullivan with an article on the catching situation today.

Rod Barajas wants a multi-year deal, and Buck is saying that Barajas will be the starter next year.

Gerald Laird had this to say:

"Rod has made a lot of his opportunity," Laird said. "He has had two good years. I'm sure they'd like to bring him back.

"I'd just like to be a No. 1 catcher. I feel I have the ability to be a No. 1 catcher.

"If they keep him and move me, that's their decision. But I'd like to stay here because I like the organization and the direction."

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"I just don't want to go back to Triple A next year," said Laird, who hit .310 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI for Oklahoma this season. "I've done everything I could at Triple A. I just want to start my career, either here as a backup or in a different direction."

I'd just as soon they let Barajas -- who is 30, and has had one good season, 2005 -- walk, and keep Laird. Better that than giving Barajas a two or three year deal at $2-3 million per year.

I'm afraid that's not going to happen, though. I think it is more likely Laird gets dealt in the offseason.