Reds trade Gold Glove winning catcher Tucker Barnhart to Detroit

CINCINNATI — Two-time Gold Glove winning catcher Tucker Barnhart will have a new home for the 2022 season.

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Less than 24 hours after the Atlanta Braves were crowned World Series champions, the Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday they were trading the veteran catcher to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league infield prospect Nick Quintana, according to a team spokesperson.

Barnhart was originally drafted by the Reds in 2009 and has been with the MLB team the last eight seasons. Barnhart spent one season with the Dayton Dragons in 2011 on his way to the majors.

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Barnhart hit .248 during his eight seasons with the Reds and won two Gold Glove Awards in 2017 and 2020 as the best defensive catcher in the National League.

“Trading Tucker was a very difficult decision. Having been drafted and developed by the Reds, our entire organization has a connection to him, and our fans love him,” Reds VP and General Manager Nick Krall said in a media release.

“But going into 2022, we must align our payroll to our resources and continue focusing on scouting and developing young talent from within our system. We are grateful for Tucker’s contributions on the field and in the communities throughout Reds Country. He will be missed.”

Media reports indicate Barnhart had a one-year option left on his contract worth $7.8 million.

The trade will allow for Tyler Stephenson to take over the daily catching duties for the 2022 Reds.

Quintana, 24, was selected from the University of Arizona in the 2019 first-year player draft. In his first two professional seasons, Quintana made 140 appearances at third base and hit 29 doubles, 11 home runs, and 64 runs batted in for Detroit’s low-A affiliate.