Reds give Tucker Barnhart extension

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The Reds seem to have made a decision on their long-term solution behind the plate agreeing to a four-year contract with catcher Tucker Barnhardt.

On Saturday the club will hand out bobbleheads after fans selected him as the winner of a contest and now the front office is going to pay up with a $15.5 million extension though 2021 which includes a $7.5 million club option for 2022 with a $500,000 buyout.

Barnhardt has been thrust into a regular role with the Reds thanks in part to the injury history of Devin Mesoraco. With Barnhart hitting .272/.349/.399  this season in addition to his solid work behind the plate the Reds will likely see if anyone is willing to take on the $13.125 million owed to Mesoraco for the 2018 season.

Barnhart’s 113 games this season is just 2 behind a career high set last year. He owns a 3.4 WAR this season.

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