CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds traded veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Detroit Tigers for infielder Nick Quintana on Wednesday.
Barnhart, a 31-year-old left-handed hitter with a Gold Glove sign behind the plate, is leaving Cincinnati after eight years. In his past six seasons, he led the Reds in starting games behind the plate and in innings played. He won the Gold Glove in 2017 and 2020.
“As we faced this hiatus, we knew the catcher position would be a priority for us,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said. “During our recent strategy meetings in Lakeland, Florida, the Tucker name came up several times as an attractive option for the club.”
Rookie Tyler Stephenson shared the catching start for the Reds last season, making Barnhart – and his contract – expendable.
Barnhart hit .247 with 7 homers and 48 RBIs in 2021. Stephenson broke through with a .286 batting average, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.
The Reds will receive 24-year-old Quintana, the Tigers ‘second-round pick in 2019. In 2021, he hit .196 with nine home runs for the Tigers’ Class A branch in Lakeland.