Dodgers sign Austin Barnes, Yimi Garcia becomes free agent

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers reached a one-year contract agreement with catcher Austin Barnes but did not tender a contract to relief pitcher Yimi Garcia, allowing him to become a free agent.Monday was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Garcia was the only one from that group to become a non-tendered free agent. Relief pitcher Scott Alexander agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract and Barnes to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.Outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager, outfielder Joc Pederson, outfielder/infielder Kiké Hernandez, infielder Max Muncy, infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor and pitchers Julio Urias, Ross Stripling and pitcher Pedro Baez were all tendered contracts and could go to arbitration.After making 59 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen in 2015, Garcia’s career was derailed by multiple injuries including Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. He split 2018 between the majors and the minors but made 64 appearances for the Dodgers in 2019 (second on the team behind Baez), going 1-4 with a 3.61 ERA but giving up 15 home runs (tied for the most of any National League reliever). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Barnes entered the 2019 season as the Dodgers’ primary catcher but a two-year offensive slide continued, landing him back in Triple-A when Will Smith was promoted and took over the job in late July. Barnes finished with a .203 average and .633 OPS in 75 big-league games.Monday’s moves leave the Dodgers with 39 players on their 40-man roster.last_img

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