The Dodgers and Austin Barnes agreed to a 1-year $1.1 million contract today in order to avoid arbitration as reported by Robert Murray on Twitter.
Barnes had rough 2019 and was sent to triple-a after Smith was called up and immediately made an impact at the plate while Barnes struggled. While in triple-a he started turning things around at the plate hitting .264/.375/.540 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games.
Defensively, Barnes is one of the best catchers in the game. But with Will Smith hitting the way he did last season it seems like Barnes will need to do a little bit more if he wants to earn his starting job back. Some fans might remember the hot start Barnes got off to at the beginning of the season when he was hitting .345/.474/.586 through the first 11 games of the season. If he can find that swing again he may give Smith a run for his money for the starting job.