Roster Moves: The Dodgers Have Optioned Austin Barnes And Recalled Will Smith

The Dodgers have optioned catcher Austin Barnes to Triple-A Oklahoma City, as originally reported by MLB.com’s official transactions page.

Barnes, 29, has been struggling at the plate throughout the season hitting .196/.288/.328/.616 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 23 RBIs, 27 runs scored, and a 53/22 K/BB ratio in 233 plate appearances. The decision to make this move is very similar to when Joc Pederson was optioned down to the minors in 2017 in an attempt to fix his mechanics. That decision proved to be worthwhile as Pederson came back to put up 1.944 OPS in the postseason. A mental reset could be exactly what Barnes needs.

With Barnes getting sent down that, of course, opens a spot for one of the Dodgers’ top catching prospects in Will Smith. Smith, 24, has slugged .591, with 6 home runs and 15 RBIs in the 12 games since being optioned down.

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