St. Louis Cardinals Adding To Catching Depth With 3-Year Veteran

The St. Louis Cardinals have entered boldly into the post-Yadier Molina era at catcher. Today's signing won't eclipse free agent Willson Contreras as the starter, but it does provide a bit more depth behind the plate. 

Catcher Tres Barrera has been signed to a minor league contract for 2023 with a non-roster invite to Spring Training. The 28-year-old will battle with Andrew Knizner for backup duties behind Contreras. 

He has appeared in 51 games over three seasons with the Washington Nationals, where he batted a combined .231 with a .631 OPS, a couple of home runs and 14 RBIs. 

Barrera was a 6th round pick of the Nats in the 2016 June Draft, and has put up some decent numbers in the minors, with a .251 average and .720 OPS.

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