LOS ANGELES — Catcher Austin Barnes and the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a salary arbitration hearing when they agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million contract.
The 31-year-old Barnes hit .244 with one homer and nine RBIs in 86 bats over 29 games during the pandemic-shortened season.
Barnes gets a $300,000 signing bonus payable on March 1 and salaries of $1.5 million this year and $2.5 million in 2022. His 2022 salary can escalate by up to $200,000 for games played this year: $100,000 each for 70 and 80.
He can earn $200,000 in performance bonuses in 2022: $100,000 apiece for 70 and 80 games.
Barnes was behind the plate for Clayton Kershaw‘s postseason starts and for Walker Bueher’s Game 3 World Series start, hitting .325 in the postseason with one homer and three RBIs. His solo homer off Tampa Bay’s John Curtiss in the sixth inning of Game 3 extended the Dodgers’ lead to 6-1.
Barnes earned $407,407 in prorated pay from a $1.1 million salary last year. He is eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.
Barnes had been scheduled for arbitration and was the last Dodgers player scheduled for a hearing. Buehler agreed to an $8 million, two-year deal last week.
All cases are being argued over Zoom this year rather than in person because of the pandemic.