January 18, 2022


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Austin Barnes reportedly agrees to two-year deal with Dodgers

The Dodgers and catcher Austin Barnes reportedly agreed on a two-year, $4.3-million contract Sunday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday.

Barnes is the last of the Dodgers’ eight arbitration-eligible players to settle on a deal before a hearing. The deal will buy out his final arbitration year before he reaches free agency after the 2022 season.

The 30-year-old Barnes will continue as the Dodgers’ No. 2 catcher behind Will Smith, though his defensive skills could warrant him more playing time than the typical backup catcher.

In October, Barnes started eight postseason games, including four of the six in the World Series, and was behind the plate for the final out to clinch the championship. He batted .244 with one home run and a .667 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 104 regular-season plate appearances over 29 games. He went eight for 25 with a home run and three walks in 10 playoff games.

Barnes was one of the Dodgers’ two arbitration-eligible players who didn’t come to terms on a contract before the Jan. 15 deadline to exchange arbitration figures for a hearing. Right-hander Walker Buehler was the other. He signed a two-year, $8 million contract last week.

Center fielder Cody Bellinger ($16.1 million), shortstop Corey Seager ($13.1 million), left-hander Julio Urías ($3.6 million), right-hander Corey Knebel ($5.25 million), left-hander Scott Alexander ($1.1 million), and right-hander Dylan Floro ($975,000) agreed to one-year deals to avoid arbitration. Floro was traded to the Miami Marlins on Friday.