The Reds signed Barnhart to a four-year, $16 million extension Friday with a $7.5 million club option in 2022 ($500,000 buyout), Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. He also received a $1.75 million signing bonus. Barnhart's chief value rests outside the fantasy realm, as he's thrown out 44 percent of the runners trying to steal a base on him this year. That's the best percentage in the National League and the second-highest in the majors, per Sheldon. He's been a valuable backup to talented but injury-prone Devin Mesoraco, and Barnhart now lines up to be in the Reds' plans, in some form, for the next few years.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. Barnhart will get the day off after catching five straight games, going 4-for-16 (.250) with a pair of extra-base hits over that span. Stuart Turner will step in behind the dish in his stead, though Barnhart should continue to see the bulk of the starts down the stretch.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cardinals. Stuart Turner will step in as Barnhart sits after catching three straight games. Barnhart is off to a nice start to September (8-for-21 with eight RBI) and should continue to see the bulk of the work behind the plate for the Reds.
Barnhart went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and five total RBI on Sunday during the Reds' 10-5 win over the Mets. The backstop knocked two in on an eighth-inning double before leaving the yard in the ninth to drive in the other three. Barnhart will continue splitting time with Stuart Turner, though Devin Mesoraco (foot) may return before the end of the season to add another wrinkle to a typically uninspiring fantasy picture.
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets. Barnhart will head to the bench for a breather after starting three straight games behind the dish. In his place, Stuart Turner will take over at backstop, batting eighth.
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