While the MLB offseason usually involves players changing teams, it can also be a time for players to find their way back to their old teams.
That might be happening with catcher Tucker Barnhart, who could be returning to the Cincinnati Reds after a season with the Detroit Tigers.
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The Reds have been in contact with Barnhart, who is a free agent. The 31-year-old backstop debuted with Cincinnati in 2014 and played there through the 2021 season before being dealt to Detroit last offseason.
Now that the two-time Gold Glover is available, the Reds are interested in bringing him back despite his recent offensive struggles. Barnhart is coming off a poor season at the plate in which he batted just .221/.287/.267 with only 1 home run and 16 RBIs in 94 games.
Cincinnati lacked catching depth beyond Tyler Stephenson last year, so it makes sense why the team is pursuing Barnhart. He's clearly comfortable there and is familiar with the team's pitching staff, which is also a plus.
If Barnhart does come back, he'll try to help turn around a Reds team that went from 83 wins in 2021 to 62 wins without him last year. Even if his bat doesn't rebound, he's still capable of providing good defense and veteran leadership at a key position.