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    Saturday, April 01, 2023

    Marlins acquire reliever Matt Barnes in trade with Red Sox

    Boston Red Sox's Reese McGuire, left, celebrates with Matt Barnes after the team's win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-3. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Miami The Miami Marlins acquired reliever Matt Barnes in a trade with the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

    Miami sent left-hander Richard Bleier to Boston for Barnes and cash considerations. The 32-year-old Barnes was designated for assignment when the Red Sox signed outfielder Adam Duvall last week.

    Barnes helped Boston win the 2018 World Series, going 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 62 games covering 61 2/3 innings as a hard-throwing setup man that season.

    He had 24 saves in 2021, making the AL All-Star squad before struggling in the second half and losing the closer job. He fell to 0-4 with a 4.31 ERA and eight saves in 44 appearances last year, striking out 34 and walking 21 in 39 2/3 innings.

    Bleier, 35, went 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 2022. He made one start and had a save.

    Bleier, a Miami Beach native, made his big league debut with the New York Yankees in 2016. He is 14-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 308 career games, also playing for Baltimore.

    Barnes, born and raised in nearby Connecticut, was drafted 19th overall by Boston in 2011 out of UConn. A converted starter, he is 32-30 with a 4.07 ERA and 47 saves in nine big league seasons.

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