May 12, 2021

Dodgers: Austin Barnes Drawing Trade Interest from Houston Astros (Dodgers Nation)

Austin Barnes has been the brunt of a lot of jokes over the past calendar year as a result of his underperformance. Once good enough to unseat Yasmani Grandal as the Dodgers’ starting catcher in the postseason, Barnes has now taken a back seat to Dodgers rookie Will Smith.

According to Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by Ken Rosenthal, the Houston Astros have shown interest in a trade for Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes.

This is a really interesting development, but not at all surprising considering the recent reports that the Astros have been on the prowl for a young, controllable catcher — Barnes certainly fits that bill. The Astros almost definitely are viewing him as a defensive catcher — which he is excellent with — but his bat lagged behind last season.

Moreover, LA recently re-upped with Barnes on a one-year contract to avoid…

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