Barajas opening eyes with Dodgers

Barajas opening eyes with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Rod Barajas hit his fourth home run in eight games for the Dodgers on Friday night, and it wouldn't be wrong to think that the 12-year Major League vet could earn his way to a job on next year's team.

"What you see now you have to take seriously," manager Joe Torre said. "I don't think there's any question. He's been around awhile; it's not like he came out of the woodwork somewhere. Early in the year he hit a bunch of home runs for the Mets, and I have faced him a number of times. He was over there with Texas for a time; he's always been dangerous."

Barajas is batting .375 with eight RBIs since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from the Mets. A Southern California native, Barajas turned 35 on Saturday and is on a one-year deal that could be worth nearly $2 million with bonuses.

The Dodgers' catching situation is uncertain for 2011, when Russell Martin will attempt to return from a season-ending fracture to his right hip. Martin hit .248 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 97 games, an underwhelming season.