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Red Sox closer Matt Barnes open to in-season extension talks

Red Sox closer Matt Barnes is in the midst of a career year at the perfect time, with free agency looming just a few months down the road. However, while many free-agents-to-be set an Opening Day deadline for extension talks with their current club, Barnes made clear this week that he’s “absolutely” open to talking about a new contract during the season (link via Chris Cotillo of Barnes added that while the two sides talked during spring training and even exchanged numbers, the Red Sox haven’t made an offer since.
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Daily Red Sox Links: Alex Cora, Jarren Duran, Matt Barnes

Alex Cora talked about the fans at Fenway booing Astros players like Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve for their roles in the 2017 scandal, and he acknowledged it’s a bit of an, um, awkward situation for him. (Ian Browne; Speaking of Cora, he and other managers are in a...

Red Sox must act quickly to lock up Matt Barnes to an extension

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Matt Barnes #32 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the ninth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 20, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Red Sox closer Matt Barnes is open to a...

Red Sox’ Matt Barnes open to in-season contract extension talks: ‘I’m sure that’s something that my agent and I can discuss and see if anything comes of that’

Matt Barnes has long been interested in remaining with the Red Sox past the 2021 season, when he is set to hit free agency for the first time. Originally selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft out of UCONN, Barnes has spent the first 11 years of his professional career and first eight years of his big-league career with the Sox after debuting for them in 2014.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Records win

Barnes (2-1) won Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Yankees, pitching the ninth inning and allowing one run on one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. Pitching for the third consecutive day, Barnes entered for the ninth to protect a 4-3 lead and coughed up a Gleyber Torres RBI double to knot the score and send the game to extras. Boston was able to plate two runs in the 10th to award Barnes the win despite the blown save. It's safe to say Barnes won't pitch for a make-up game at home against Miami tomorrow but he should be good to go for a three-game set against Houston starting Tuesday.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Picks up 14th save

Barnes struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Yankees. Brandon Workman walked two batters before Barnes entered the game with two outs in the ninth inning. Barnes retired Kyle Higashioka on five pitches for the save. The right-hander is now 14-for-15 in save chances this year. He's posted a solid 2.49 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 45:5 K:BB across 25.1 innings as Boston's unquestioned closer.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Secures 13th save

Barnes struck out three in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save against the Yankees on Friday. Barnes was called on to preserve a three-run lead in the ninth inning Friday, and he was dominant to pick up his 13th save of the year. The right-hander has converted on each of his four save chances across his last five appearances, and he's allowed just one run with nine strikeouts in 4.2 innings during that time.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Notches 12th save

Barnes gave up a run on two hits while striking out one in the ninth inning Saturday to record his 12th save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Marlins. It's only the fourth time in 23 appearances Barnes has been tagged with a run. The Boston closer has a 2.63 ERA and stellar 41:5 K:BB through 24 innings this season while converting 12 of 13 save chances.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Secures 11th save

Barnes earned the save against the Phillies on Saturday, pitching a scoreless inning during which he gave up a hit and a walk while striking out a pair. Barnes took the ball with a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed two of the first three batters he faced to reach base. However, the right-hander managed to get out of the jam by inducing a fielder's choice groundball off the bat of Bryce Harper and subsequently striking out Rhys Hoskins. Barnes is tied for third in baseball with 11 saves while posting a 2.42 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and superb 40:5 K:BB across 22.1 innings.
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Matt Barnes literally wants ‘All The Smoke’ with Kwame Brown

Former NBA swingman and All The Smoke podcast co-host Matt Barnes wants Kwame Brown to come on the show. Or maybe he wants to box? Possibly both. Barnes took to Instagram on Wednesday suggesting Brown stop running his mouth on social media:. “Kwame Brown, brother Brown, you’ve been ranting for...

Kwame Brown Rejects Matt Barnes' Face-To-Face Invite, 'F*** You Mean?'

1:28 PM PT -- Kwame is shoving Barnes' offer right back in his face ... saying there's no way in hell he'll ever appear on his podcast -- and he's NOT gonna fight him. "Everybody already seen you ain't want no smoke and now you ready to go to the screen and be a crash dummy, 'S***, if you want we can box and we can do this.' Anything to save that little bitch ass show. N****, shut yo' bitch ass up," Brown said on Instagram minutes ago.

Matt Barnes Takes The High Road After Kwame Brown Comes After Him

Kwame Brown has been coming after everyone who has ever criticized him and it has led to some pretty spicy Instagram Live sessions. Brown has gone after the likes of Stephen A. Smith and he has also had a ton of smoke for the "All The Smoke" podcast which recently did an episode with Gilbert Arenas. During that episode, Stephen Jackson and Arenas seemingly had some harsh words for Brown who was known to be a complete draft bust.

Red Sox's Matt Barnes: Bounces back with save

Barnes walked one and struck out three over one inning to earn the save in Thursday's 8-7 come-from-behind win over Toronto. The Red Sox were down two entering the top of the ninth, but they plated three and gave Barnes a chance to lock down his 10th save in 11 opportunities. He featured his best fastball of the season as measured by velocity, topping out at 98.7 mph and averaging 98.1. His average for the season is 95.8 mph.

Kwame Brown And Matt Barnes Keep Taking Shots At One Another

By now, a lot of people have heard of Kwame Brown's beef with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, the co-hosts of the famous podcast All The Smoke. Kwame Brown fired back at the pair for the way they talked about him on the podcast, and the beef has continued since then.
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NBA New: Matt Barnes Tells Kwame Brown On Internet Beef: 'Be Mad At MJ'

Kwame Brown was the top pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. Gilbert Arenas recently appeared on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson's "All The Smoke" podcast. Brown was irked by the three, to which Barnes responded. In light of their recent back and forth on social media, former NBA pro Matt...