Red Sox named reliever Matt Barnes for assignment


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After the departure of Xander Bogaerts, Barnes became the longest-tenured player on the Red Sox roster.

Matt Barnes played 429 games for Boston in nine seasons. (Photo by Greg Fium/Getty Images)

The Red Sox are leaving the oldest player on their roster.

Reliever Matt Barnes was designated for assignment Tuesday, removing him from the 40-man roster.

The 32-year-old right-hander played nine seasons in Boston, making his debut in 2014. Danbury, Conn. native hit 429 games for the Red Sox, third most in team history.

Barnes’ dismissal follows Boston’s official announcement of a one-year contract with outfielder Adam Duvall.

Barnes appeared in 44 games with Boston in 2022, going 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.437 WHIP.

The UConn product has seen his role in the Sox bullpen diminish over the past two seasons.

Barnes earned All-Star honors in 2021, had a .171 batting average and went 62 in 37 innings through the first week of July. He signed a two-year, $18.75 million contract with Boston on July 11, 2021.

But Barnes’ play declined after his stellar performance. Over his last 23 games, Barnes posted a 6.11 ERA and struck out 10 in 17.2 innings of work.

Barnes’ fight continued until 2022. In his first 20 appearances, Barnes gave up 18 runs (15 earned) in 17 innings. After spending some time on the injured list with an inflamed shoulder, Barnes is back for the final stretch of 2022. From August 4 to October 5, Barnes posted a 1.59 ERA.

According to DFA’ing Barnes, the Red Sox will keep other relievers on the roster, including Ryan Brazier and Caleb Orth. Even if Boston waives Barnes, the team will pay him $7.5 million in 2023.


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