Red Sox Name RHP Matt Barnes for Assignment originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
The Boston Red Sox took a surprising step on Tuesday to free up space on their roster.
Veteran reliever Matt Barnes was assigned to make way for newly recruited outfielder Adam Duvall, the team announced. Boston still has to pay its $7.5 million salary for 2023.
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The Red Sox originally drafted Barnes in the first round (19th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft. The UConn product debuted with the big league club in 2014 and was a major contributor from the bullpen for the next nine seasons.
Barnes, 32, helped Boston to a World Series title in 2018. He signed a two-year, $18.75 million contract extension shortly before playing in his first All-Star Game in 2021.
In nine years with the Red Sox, Barnes had a 4.07 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 556 strikeouts and 200 walks in 431.2 at bats (429 appearances).