Less than four months away from hitting the free silver market and two days away from launching his first All-Star game, Red Sox closer Matt Barnes decided that he wanted to stay in Boston for years to come.
Barnes signed a two-year contract extension with the Sox on Sunday morning, under which he will not be a free agent until he is at least 33 years old.
According to an industry source, the deal will pay him $ 7.25 million in 2022 and 2023, with an $ 8 million option that could increase to $ 10 million and have a $ 2.25 million repurchase by 2024.
There’s also a $ 1.75 million signing bonus, guaranteeing Barnes at least $ 18.75 million over the two-year extension.
“The opportunity to go out and have a chance to win every season is something really underestimated in this industry,” said Barnes. “So I’m incredibly lucky not only to have been here, we’ve been good for a long time and everyone has always treated me like family.”
Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said it was “a great day for the Red Sox”.
“We’ve seen it all year, Matt has established himself as one of the best relievers in baseball,” he said. “And this year she took her game to a whole new level in an even bigger role. In addition, she is exactly the kind of person you would like to represent the organization. That’s an advantage for her and her family. these are so important to the players you invest in. ”
Barnes has career records in almost every statistical category. He was named the All-Star for the first time in his career and went on Sunday with a 2.68 era, 0.87 whips, 62 strikes in 37 innings and 19 saves in 23 chances.
Considering his career year, it’s a little surprising that he pulled himself onto the market and chose to sign in Boston for the next few years.
“The one thing I always said, and I made that clear to Chaim and everyone, I just wanted an honest touch for what I did,” Barnes said. “And we couldn’t do that alone. But when you add everything else to the equation, this is one place I wanted to stay. If you consider the family aspect of what it’s like to play for the Red Sox there, proximity to home for me (in Connecticut), being able to go home on holiday, playing close to home where I have family and friends that I can see all the time, is important to me.
“Having the training staff that we do here is second to none even in my opinion, that’s important. Obviously, staying on the field is critical to contributing and staying healthy. Playing for Alex is something I love to do. I love the city of Boston, I love playing for the fans here. Adding all that, it really wasn’t a place I wanted to play that wasn’t Boston. ”