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Dodgers News: LA Signs Catcher Tucker Barnhart to Minor League Deal, Will Be Postseason Eligible

The Dodgers have made an interesting move on Wednesday, signing veteran catcher Tucker Barnhart to a minor league deal, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

Since they signed him before September 1, Barnhart will be postseason eligible for LA.

Barnhart appeared in 47 games with the Chicago Cubs this year, hitting .202 with one home run and nine runs batted in. The 32-year-old was enduring one of the worst seasons of his career, and hasn’t had an OPS over .700 since 2019.

In 2017 and 2020, Barnhart won the Gold Glove award at the catcher position. This year, however, he struggled mightily at the position with Chicago.

The Cubs released Barnhart last week, and it didn’t take long for the Dodgers to give him a chance.

Signing him to a minor league deal means there’s no risk, however, since they added him before September 1, he would be eligible to be on the postseason roster.

Austin Barnes has been much better as of late, but it’s never a bad thing to have some depth at the catcher position.

We’ll see if Barnhart gets an opportunity at some point this year, or if he just remains in Oklahoma City for the rest of the season.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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