Raised in Texas and now living in Arizona, Jeremy Barfield finds himself in Maine in January.

Jeremy Barfield

“I don’t know about this white stuff on the ground,” he said with a smile.

Dealing with a New England winter is nothing compared to the feeling Barfield has enjoyed for months. He’s wanted.

“The last three years, at this time, I wasn’t close to having a job,” Barfield said. “I was calling teams myself, looking for a tryout.”

No tryout needed in 2018. Jeremy Barfield, who bashed 27 home runs for the Portland Sea Dogs last year, remains part of the Boston Red Sox organization. He signed for another season, with an invitation to the major league spring training camp in February.

At peace?

“Absolutely,” said Barfield, 29, who will be one of the guests at the sold-out Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner on Wednesday night. Over the weekend, Barfield made appearances for the Sea Dogs at Hannaford stores in Gorham and Augusta.

He’s now a celebrity, instead of a guy looking for work.

“It took a big year to put myself back on the map,” he said. “It’s all about capitalizing on opportunities.”

Barfield’s big year began in the independent leagues, again, where he hit nine home runs for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters in 35 games. The Red Sox signed Barfield, an outfielder, in late May and assigned him to Portland.

Barfield’s 27 home runs (in only 93 games) was a Sea Dogs’ record as a Red Sox affiliate (The distinction from Portland’s original Marlins affiliate is notable because the 37-foot “Maine Monster” left-field wall was built when the Sea Dogs linked with the Red Sox in 2003.)

Barfield got a brief, three-game promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit another home run.

The combined total of 37 home runs was the most by a minor leaguer last year. (The Astros’ A.J. Reed hit 34 homers in Triple-A, the most in affiliated ball.)

But at Barfield’s age, and at a position where the Red Sox have three fine, young major leaguers, it seemed doubtful that Boston would re-sign Barfield. The Red Sox already refused to put another slugging outfielder, Bryce Brentz, also 29, on the 40-man roster after the minor league season.

But the organization quickly put Barfield’s mind at ease.

“They told me before the season was over that they wanted to bring me back,” he said. “The season ended Monday (Labor Day) and they contacted me that Wednesday. I was golfing when I got the call.”

Barfield, who does not have an agent, accepted Boston’s offer, without hearing any other offers.

“I didn’t wait. This is such a good organization,” said Barfield, who was also swayed by the major league camp invitation.

“It only took a decade, but I finally got one,” he said.

Barfield, an eighth-round draft pick of Oakland in 2008, spent seven seasons in the A’s system, including an abbreviated attempt as a pitcher. After the A’s, he joined the Rockies’ organization right before the 2015 spring training, and was cut right before the season began. He’s bounced around since then, mostly in the independent leagues.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for indy ball,” Barfield said. “That got my confidence back.”

Boston’s motivation to re-sign Barfield is obvious. The Red Sox, last in the American League in home runs, are looking for power. It’s also why Brentz was eventually put on Boston’s 40-man roster.

Barfield has gone from being unemployed last winter, to a player waiting for major league spring training.

“It’s a good position to be in,” he said.

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