Rick Osentoski - USA Today Sports
Rick Osentoski - USA Today Sports

Cubs reportedly signing two-time Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart


by - Senior Editor -

More defense for the Chicago Cubs.

The Northsiders are reportedly signing former Reds and Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart on Wednesday to a two-year deal worth $6.5 million, pending a physical.

The deal has bonuses for plate appearances that could make the contract potentially up to $9.5 million.

Barnhart will team up with Yan Gomes to give a defensive and veteran presence behind the dish.

In 2022, he hit .221 with a homer and 16 RBIs. Despite having a bad year offensively, he threw out 28 percent of runners which is higher than the MLB average (25%).

Overall during his career, he has thrown out 32 percent of runners, so he is a solid defender behind the plate. He is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, having won the award in 2017 and 2020.

In addition to his defensive skills, the 32-year-old is also a decent hitter, with a career batting average of .245 in the MLB.

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