2. Former Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart is struggling with the Tigers.
The Cincinnati Reds made the decision last fall to cut ties with Tucker Barnhart. While the return from the Detroit Tigers amounted to little more than a minor league utility infielder, there was no way the Reds were going to pay Barnhart $7.5M to be Tyler Stephenson's backup.
Instead, the Reds traded Barnhart to the Motor City shortly after the 2021 season ended. Barnhart had won two Gold Gloves while squatting behind the plate in Cincinnati, but his first year in Detroit has not been what many thought it would be.
The Tigers are in fourth-place in the AL Central even after adding the likes of Barnhart, Javier Baez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Austin Meadows during the offseason. Barnhart is looked at as the Tigers' starting catcher, but the 31-year-old has an OPS of just .545.
Barnhart has yet to hit a home runs since joining the Detroit Tigers. While Barnhart has always been more of a glove-first type of player, his wRC+ is sitting at just 59 this season according to FanGraphs.
Defensively, Tucker Barnhart has seen a decline as well. Barnhart's pitch framing has taken a hit and he's accounted for -4 defensive runs saved. Barnhart hasn't seen numbers like that since 2018. Things just aren't clicking for Barnhart in Detroit this season.