The Angels selected Barnes' contract Thursday.
The righty split time between the Brewers and Royals organizations in 2019, logging a 7.44 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 32:22 K:BB in 32.2 innings. Barnes will likely be ticketed for lower-leverage work out of the Los Angeles bullpen to begin 2020.
Barnes will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.
Barnes, who is not on the 40-man roster, was given a minor-league deal in January and had been positioning himself for a bullpen spot. His 2019 season was largely a struggle, as he posted a 6.86 ERA before being designated for assignment by Milwaukee in August. He was later claimed by the Royals, but posted a 8.31 ERA in 15 appearances before getting designated for assignment again in November. He did post a 3.54 ERA with Milwaukee across 149 appearances from 2016 to 2018, so he'll need to reclaim some of that level of productivity if he intends to see action at the highest level in 2020.
Barnes is a candidate to begin the regular season in the Angels' bullpen, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
The Angels signed Barnes to a minor-league contract in the offseason following a disastrous 2019 campaign in which the right-hander posted a 7.44 ERA in 32.2 innings between Milwaukee and Kansas City. Despite being a non-roster invitee to spring camp, Barnes has earned consideration for a big-league roster spot due to a strong spring in which he has held opponents scoreless and picked up four strikeouts over five innings. Per Fletcher, Barnes' velocity has settled back into the mid-90s after dropping to a career-low average of 93.6 mph last season as he battled injuries to his hip, shoulder and arm.
Barnes agreed to a minor-league contract with the Angels earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Barnes' deal is believed to include an invitation to big-league spring training, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot will hinder his chances of breaking camp with the Angels. The 29-year-old was a key piece of the Milwaukee bullpen in 2017 and 2018, but he was disastrous across 33 appearances in the majors last season between the Brewers and Royals, posting a 7.44 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 32.2 innings.
Barnes was released by the Royals on Wednesday.
Barnes will become a free agent after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old didn't help his case for a major-league contract this offseason by posting a 7.44 ERA in 32.2 major-league innings last season, though he did record an ERA of 4.00 or lower in each of his first three seasons in the league.
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday.
Barnes threw 32.2 innings at the big-league level this season, struggling to a 7.44 ERA while walking 13.8 percent of opposing batters. He has a decent 4.25 ERA in 180.0 career major-league innings, which could be enough for him to get claimed off waivers.
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
Barnes was scooped up off waivers Aug. 3, and it won't take long for the right-hander to make his Royals debut. He posted a 6.86 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with a 22:11 K:BB over 19.2 innings earlier this season with Milwaukee.
Barnes was claimed off waivers by the Royals and optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
The 29-year-old righty logged a 6.86 ERA in 19.2 innings with the Brewers this season and was designated for assignment earlier in the week. He has tallied five saves in his career but will likely just serve as low-leverage organizational bullpen depth.
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Thursday.
The Brewers needed to free up a roster for Trent Grisham, who had his contract selected from Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday, and Barnes was the roster casualty. The 29-year-old has struggled in 18 appearances for Milwaukee this season, posting a 6.86 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 22:11 K:BB in 19.2 innings.
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Monday.
Barnes has a poor 6.86 ERA in 19.2 innings for the Brewers this season. He was sent down to make room for Jhoulys Chacin (back), who returns from the injured list to start Monday against the Padres.
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A San Antonio on Sunday.
Barnes was sent to San Antonio in mid-May but rejoins the Brewers following Saturday's 13-inning win at Pittsburgh. The 29-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 of his 16 outings this season, but he's given up a whopping 13 runs (12 earned) in the other four appearances to result in a 6.89 ERA and 1.72 WHIP.
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Saturday.
Barnes' latest stay in Milwaukee lasted less than a week. He got into three games, allowing a pair of runs in three innings of work. He'll make way on the roster for Chase Anderson, who returns from his finger injury to start Saturday against Atlanta.
The Brewers recalled Barnes from Triple-A San Antonio on Sunday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Barnes will give Milwaukee a fresh arm out of the bullpen after the team needed six different relievers to cover the final eight frames of Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Cubs in 15 innings. The Brewers cleared room on the roster for Barnes by demoting Burch Smith, who likely wouldn't have been available for multiple days after tossing 3.1 of those relief innings.
The Brewers optioned Barnes to Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday.
Barnes was credited with his first career MLB start in Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Rockies, but he was merely used as the Brewers' opening pitcher in that contest after rotation member Chase Anderson was scratched with a right middle finger blister shortly before the game. The short-notice appointment probably didn't help Barnes, who was tagged for three runs over his lone inning of work. He'll move back to a more traditional relief role in San Antonio.
Barnes didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Rockies, coughing up three runs on two hits and three walks over one inning while striking out three.
Chase Anderson's late scratch due to a blister forced the Brewers into a bullpen day, but Barnes put extra pressure on the Milwaukee staff with his poor effort. After Barnes issued free passes to the first two batters he faced, Nolan Arenado crushed a one-out homer off the right-hander, who then allowed two more baserunners before escaping the frame after 38 pitches (20 strikes). Barnes' 7.30 ERA and 17:9 K:BB through 12.1 innings should keep him in a low-leverage role until he finds a way to sharpen his command.
Barnes will start Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Scheduled starter Chase Anderson was a late scratch due to a cut on his right middle finger, opening the door for Barnes to make his first career start. The 29-year-old will likely throw an inning or two before turning things over to the rest of the bullpen.
Barnes tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.
Barnes allowed three earned runs in his first outing of the season, but he has been stellar since, tossing 6.2 innings over six appearances and giving up just one hit while posting an 8:1 K:BB. He has worked mainly in low-leverage situations thus far, which limits his appeal in fantasy leagues.
Barnes picked up his first win of the season in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.
Barnes was summoned to pitch the top of the ninth inning Sunday with the Brewers trailing by one; following a scoreless frame, he was credited with the win after Christian Yelich and the Brewers walked off the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth. Barnes has pitched twice this season, both in situations where the Brewers were trailing, which -- even in a bullpen with as fluid as anyone's -- suggests he is not in the mix for saves at the moment.
Barnes is in line to break camp with the Brewers, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, after the club's decision to option fellow reliever Jake Petricka on Tuesday.
Barnes was competing for a roster spot with a number of pitchers without an option left, which made him more vulnerable to being sent down. However, the Brewers chose to send down another pitcher who would not be exposed to waivers -- Petricka -- and keep Barnes instead. While Barnes was close to the cut line, he could actually play a key role for the Brewers out of the gate if the club does not add another reliever before Opening Day. Manager Craig Counsell needs to identify late-inning options with fellow relievers Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) expected to open the season on the injured list, and Counsell lined up his bullpen in Monday's exhibition game to use Barnes in the eighth inning in a game the Brewers led by just one run before going off for four runs in the top of the frame. Josh Hader -- who pitched earlier in Monday's contest, presumably to face big-league hitters -- is the top option for saves in the bullpen early on, and Taylor Williams -- who entered Monday's game after Barnes -- looks to be option No. 2, but Barnes, based on Monday's usage and his quality spring results (2.45 ERA, 12:1 K:BB over 7.1 innings), could be next in line.
Barnes threw a scoreless inning in Saturday's split-squad game against the Royals.
Barnes has posted a 2.84 ERA this spring by allowing two earned runs over 6.1 innings, but that number is a bit misleading, as he did give up five unearned runs as well. Regardless, he did have a good spring in the K:BB department, punching out 10 batters while issuing just one base on balls. He has not officially won a roster spot just yet, but if he does, he could find himself working in key spots early, as manager Craig Counsell will be looking to fill the void created by injuries to Corey Knebel (elbow) and Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder), and he has used Barnes in that role before. While the bulk of the holds came in 2017, Barnes accumulated four saves and 28 holds over the last two years for the Brewers.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||@ LAD||L 0-5||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/26||@ LAD||L 6-7||0||0||0||2.0||1||0||0||5|
|09/09||@ TEX||L 3-7||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|09/08||@ TEX||L 1-7||0||0||0||1.1||2||1||1||3|
|09/05||@ HOU||W 7-6||0||0||0||1.0||2||2||0||0|
|08/24||@ HOU||L 4-11||0||0||0||0.1||0||2||1||0|
|08/21||@ OAK||L 3-5||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||93.2||25||7||0||4||7||3||83||46||87||3.86||1.427|
|2013||AFA-Brevard County Manat||105.1||21||14||1||9||6||0||66||36||98||3.08||1.275|
|2014||AFA-Brevard County Manat||7.1||3||0||0||0||0||0||8||0||3||1.27||0.422|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||22.1||17||0||0||2||1||1||23||7||14||1.22||0.950|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||11.2||11||0||0||1||0||2||10||8||5||1.61||1.161|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||14.0||14||0||0||2||0||1||15||2||14||4.50||1.143|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||2.2||3||0||0||0||0||0||6||0||4||4.09||1.818|