CINCINNATI — One of the longest-tenured Reds has been traded.
Tucker Barnhart was sent to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league infield prospect Nick Quintana.
Barnhart was originally drafted by the Reds in 2009. He joined the Reds in 2014. Over his big league career he hit .248 while winning two Gold Glove Awards, one in 2017 and the other in 2020.
Barnhart was a staple on the field, leading the team in starts and innings caught over the last 6 years.
"Trading Tucker was a very difficult decision," said Reds VP/GM Nick Krall. "Having been drafted and developed by the Reds, our entire organization has a connection to him, and our fans love him. But going into 2022, we must align our payroll to our resources and continue focusing on scouting and developing young talent from within our system. We are grateful for Tucker's contributions on the field and in communities throughout Reds country. He will be missed."
Quintana, 24, was drafted in 2019 and has played third base for all of his professional career, producing 29 doubles, 1 triple, 11 home runs and 64 RBIs.
In a statement posted on social media, Barhart thanked Cincinnati for welcoming him when he arrived at age 18.
"I will forever be indebted to the Reds and the city for treating my family and me with grace," Barnhart said. "To each and every one of you...thank you."
The 31-year-old said he is excited to go to Detroit, saying, "I am ready to give you everything I have and help bring a championship to the Motor City."
Thank you, Tucker, for being an incredible representative of the Reds organization since your selection in the 2009 draft. You provided unmatched leadership on the field and countless hours in the community. We wish nothing but the best for you, Sierra, Tatum & Benny in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/BoBAhy2dbH— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) November 3, 2021