Red Sox and Matt Barnes are in agreement on a two year contract extension!

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m going to be at a wedding later. However, I couldn’t help to get a quick blog up about this big Sunday news. No, it isn’t the Red Sox getting Jack Leiter just yet. (Well…hopefully!) It’s actually about closer Matt Barnes. The Boston Globe reported earlier this morning that the Red Sox and Matt Barnes are in agreement on a two year contract extension, with a club option for 2024!

Matt Barnes is the Red Sox Closer for the Foreseeable Future

That heading felt great to type out! Now I’ll admit, I was skeptical about Barnes being your full-time closer coming into the 2021 season. In the past, Barnes had been a guy more comfortable in a set-up role. But Matt Barnes back to the Red Sox for two more seasons, potentially three, solidifies your closer for the next several seasons. Give a guy like Durbin Feltman more time in the minors to develop for the future.

Add More Than Just Matt Barnes, Red Sox!

Now that Barnes is locked in until at least 2023, this turns our attention back to the draft for a quick second. If you can add Leiter or Kumar Rocker tonight, you have options now for 2022. You can have a rotation of Chris Sale, Nick Pivetta, Nathan Eovaldi, Eduardo Rodriguez, and then potentially one of the two guys mentioned before. Get Garrett Richards and Matt Andriese out of here! Martin Perez can maybe be a long relief option for you? There’s plenty that you can do for this team going forward if you draft correctly tonight.

In Conclusion

Great to see Matt Barnes in a Red Sox uniform for the next several years! That’s big news to break on a Sunday. But there will hopefully be more big news tonight in the 2021 MLB draft. So congrats Matt Barnes! Your contract extension with the Red Sox opens the door for many more opportunities.

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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)

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