Tigers acquire former Gold Glove catcher in trade with Reds


The 30-year-old catcher Barnhart has been with the Reds since 2014 after being drafted by the Reds organization from the 2009 draft. Cincinnati decided to transfer Bernhardt as he moves closer to free agency as his contract runs out after the 2022 season.

Detroit Tigers land Tucker Barnhart in trade with Cincinnati Reds

Landing Barnhart could certainly help Detroit improve going forward.

“Coming into this off-season, we knew the catcher was a priority position for us,” said Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila. “During our strategy meetings with my front office staff in Lakeland over the past few weeks, Tucker’s name came up several times as an attractive alternative to our ball club who, being a real plus defender, knows the pitching staff. How the lead is handled and the batsman is a solid contributor out of the box. After feeling interest from the Reds for a deal, we moved quickly to get it done and closed our off-season transaction.

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Tucker Barnhart contract

Bernhardt has one year and $7.5 million left on his contract, which the Tigers will pay in full.

While Detroit still needs to take a few more steps, there are some big names that can certainly continue to chase this off-season. This is also a big step which should help them a lot.

Barnhart isn’t necessarily great at the plate, he has a pretty respectable .247 batting average from last season. His presence behind the plate makes him a bit overpriced and that should help Detroit.


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