It’s now been almost 8 years since the Dodgers went out and landed Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney, and Enrique Hernandez in a deal with the Marlins. And even though Heaney was eventually flipped to Anaheim for Howie Kendrick, it’s still a trade that’s paying off to this day.
Hernandez provided plenty of big moments in his tenure with the Dodgers. Hatcher’s time was pretty forgettable, but Barnes has proven to be a key piece to their success. Just look at the shirts they had made for him this year to see the impact he has on his teammates.
This week, the Dodgers went out and made sure that he was going to be around for a while. They signed him to a 2-year extension that will keep him in Los Angeles through the 2025 season. That means that he will be hitting the open mart at 36 years old, if they don’t keep him around longer.
Austin Barnes will make $3.5M per year as part of the two-year, $7M deal, source says.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 4, 2022
That could potentially mean that Austin Barnes is a member of the Dodgers for his entire big league career. That’s not to say that he couldn’t get another deal after this current one expires, but there is a good chance he only plays here. Who would have thought when they made that deal for him.
Barnes has had his moments with the Dodgers, most notably during the 2017 season. He went on a really good run with the bat and took the starting job from Yasmani Grandal in the playoffs. While he’s always played good defense, having his bat come alive in big moments has been really fun to watch. We got a good one.
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