Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes could be a versatile catcher for the Colorado Rockies
Austin Barnes has been a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers for parts of the last seven seasons in the majors and he could be a fit for the Colorado Rockies.
Barnes, 32, played in 77 games (52 starts) in 2021 and he hit .215/.299/.345 with an OPS+ of 74. In 2020, he played in 29 games (27 starts) and Barnes hit .244/.353/.314 with one homer and nine RBI. He had an OPS+ of 84, which was his best since he had an OPS+ of 138 in 102 games in 2017.
His OPS+ since 2018 of 73, which is not great. However, Dom Nuñez’s OPS+ in 2021? 76. Tony Wolters’ OPS+ with the Rockies? 61. But, defensively, he is better than those two as he has 26 DRS behind the plate since 2018 and he has 10 Runs Extra Strikes (which measures pitch framing) since 2018.
Like Wolters, Barnes can play other positions too. Between the majors and minors, he has played over two dozen games at third base and more than 200 games at second base.
Barnes is entering the final season of his two-year contract before he hits free agency. He is going to make $2.65 million with incentives that could increase his salary by another $200,000.
Next up on our Colorado Rockies trade target list is our penultimate team: the San Diego Padres.