Arizona Diamondbacks DFA 2-Time Gold Glover

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a pivotal roster move by designating two-time Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart for assignment. 

Despite his seasoned leadership and adept handling of pitchers, Barnhart's lackluster performance both offensively and defensively this season prompted this decision. 

Signed on a minor league deal to compete for the backup catcher role, the 33-year-old struggled at the plate with a meager .173 batting average and minimal impact, despite a few timely hits in recent games.

This move underscores the Diamondbacks' strategic shift towards prioritizing their young catching talent. It clears the way for primary catcher Gabriel Moreno's imminent return from the injured list, emphasizing the team's commitment to nurturing emerging players like Moreno, Jose Herrera, and promising prospects Adrian Del Castillo and Ronaldo Hernandez. 

Looking ahead, Arizona aims to inject youthful vigor and offensive potential into their catching rotation, aligning their roster decisions with a forward-looking approach aimed at bolstering competitiveness. 

Over his 11-year career, the 33-year-old holds a .241/.318/.351 triple-slash line, with 53 home runs, 292 RBIs, eight stolen bases, and 254 runs scored across 912 games played.

Barnhart won a Gold Glove in 2016 with the Cincinnati Reds and again in 2020 with the Reds.

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