Reds general manager Dick Williams said the following about keeping Barnhart in the fold:
The 26-year-old is hitting .272 with six home runs and 42 RBI this season.
While Barnhart has been a solid contributor for the Reds at the plate, his greatest impact on the game is made defensively.
After setting career highs last season in games played (115), batting average (.257), home runs (seven) and RBI (51), Barnhart has continued to improve in all aspects of his game and further established himself as Cincinnati's regular catcher.
Barnhart appears to be a runaway choice for the Gold Glove at catcher in the National League, and may even be in the running for the Platinum Glove as the best all-around fielder in the entire NL.