Former UConn pitcher and CT native Matt Barnes traded by Red Sox to Miami Marlins

Former UConn standout pitcher Matt Barnes has been traded by the Boston Red Sox.

Barnes, a Bethel native, was sent to the Miami Marlins Monday for lefthanded reliever Richard Bleier. Barnes had been designated for assignment last week.

At 32, Barnes will change teams for the first time. He was drafted by the Red Sox 19th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft after winning 24 games with 247 strikeouts in 256 2/3 innings in three years at UConn.

He made his MLB debut in 2014 and earned a World Series ring in 2018. Overall, he had a 4.07 ERA with 547 strikeouts in 431 2/3 innings and 47 saves in 429 appearances.

Last season, Barnes had a 4.31 ERA with eight saves in 44 games. She spent two months on the injured list with shoulder inflammation and pitched well after returning in early August, posting 1.59 ERA in his last 24 appearances.

Barnes had 24 saves in 2021, when he was an All-Star selection.

The Marlins were 69-93 last season. Tanner Scott led Miami with 20 saves.