Cubs Designate Darwin Barney For Assignment

The Cubs have designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment, tweets Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Barney, 28, had been the club’s regular at the keystone dating back to 2011.

Though regarded as a plus (and, at times, elite) defender, Barney has struggled to deliver value from the offensive side. After averaging a barely serviceable .265/.306/.354 slash over 2011-12, Barney has slipped to a combined .214/.266/.311 line since the start of 2013. He has also contributed on the basepaths, but certainly was not doing enough to merit a starting role; indeed, he has graded out as barely above replacement level over the past two seasons.

The move’s immediate purpose is to clear roster space for the activation of Emilio Bonifacio. In the grand scheme of things, however, it represents yet another step towards the infusion of the Cubs’ top prospects into the MLB roster. Since being promoted when Barney went on paternity leave, Arismendy Alcantara has taken the lion’s share of time at second (though he’s playing center field tonight), with fellow top youngster Javier Baez reportedly also moving to that spot at Triple-A in recent days.


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76 Comments on "Cubs Designate Darwin Barney For Assignment"


YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
1 year 1 month ago

Yankees gonna hop on this

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

When you can get a guy with a .594 OPS you skip, not hop.

YanksFan4EverNamed_Nick
1 year 1 month ago

When Brian Roberts is ur second basemen u jump actually

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

Except he hasn’t been better than roberts.

Frittoman626
1 year 1 month ago

Except on defense. I would trade off Brian Roberts little offense for Barney’s near elite defense.

Douglas Rau
1 year 1 month ago

Yankees already have Brendan Ryan. How many “all glove, no bat” players do you think they can fit on a roster? Especially when they’re not scoring enough runs as it is.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

Gordon Beckham is a better all around player than Barney. Not even close.

jjs91
1 year 1 month ago

Okay?

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

Why?

jb226
1 year 1 month ago

Well, that will work.

I like Darwin Barney, he seems like a good kid. He just couldn’t hit enough to justify a roster spot, even with his defense. Good luck to him.

EndlessMikeJr
1 year 1 month ago

The Cubs have enough infeilders.The question with that team will they trade any of it to get pitching…something they don’t have on the roster and in the minors.There a furture Orioles and Royals.Great hitting prospects no pitching.

Strugz
1 year 1 month ago

You couldn’t be further from the truth when you say they have no pitching prospects. Their pitching prospects are not as recognized as their positional, but they are there, and exist in more numbers than a lot of other farm systems.

Lions017
1 year 1 month ago

They have quite a few pitching prospects – but most profile as good relievers or 3-5 starters. Fortunately for the Cubs, they have the ability to fill out their rotation with those guys and then go out and trade for/sign two proven guys to fill the other spots.

BlueCatuli
1 year 1 month ago

The Cubs last 3 drafts have been very pitcher heavy. High upside arms. They don’t have to trade any of their top positional talent to get pitching, they only have $50 MM committed next season when figuring max arb. cases. They have more pitching than most systems. Their pitching doesn’t get the love because they haven’t drafted a high profile guy like Bundy or Giolito.

oh Hal
1 year 1 month ago

Every team drafts a slew of pitchers with “high upside.”

BlueCatuli
1 year 1 month ago

I should probably clarify my point. Over half of their draft picks the last three years have gone to pitchers. They’ve taken best player available, then gone pitcher heavy. They have one of the best, if not the best, minor league pitching coordinators in baseball. They haven’t drafted a high profile arm, but they can develop a TOR pitcher. Might not show up right away, but it should happen. They’ve done a good job flooding the system with arms. They’ve also set themselves up to be able to spend on a TOR pitcher via FA. Main point: They have the ability to trade, but it isn’t a necessity.

oh Hal
1 year 1 month ago

I get it. But every team drafts a whole lot of pitchers. I wouldn’t be surprised if half of the picks is the norm. Derek Johnson the best in baseball? Why do you think nobody else hired him?

I agree that they’ll get a nice FA TOR or 2 soon though.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 1 month ago

Didnt see this coming, but i’m going to think the Cubs are going to try all they can to make a trade. Wont be getting anything but at least it be something

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

A ten dollar beer? OK, a six dollar soda. Three dollar cotton candy? A bowl of soup from Hessed House. All right, just take him.

Sean Patterson
1 year 1 month ago

Love, love, love his glove. To bad the bat just wasn’t there. Good Luck, Darwin and congrats on your recent family addition.

Chiburgh
1 year 1 month ago

A sad day for all dinosaurs.

Strugz
1 year 1 month ago

I really like this comment.

MB923
1 year 1 month ago

Until Chris Bosh pulls a Michael Jordan/Tracy McGrady

Tko11
Tko11
1 year 1 month ago

Survival of the fittest at work.

WeWillWinSomeday
1 year 1 month ago

All of Chicago collectively rejoices!!

brian310
1 year 1 month ago

Well just North side

WeWillWinSomeday
1 year 1 month ago

Legend has it that when the winds blow south, the White Sox get a little hint of that Barney “no bat” magic. So they are probably happy to.

Frittoman626
1 year 1 month ago

Is it weird for me to day I hope the Yankees add this guy? His bat is beyond terrible, but at least he plays very good defense. Is rather have him at 2nd than Roberts who isn’t much better hitter, at least Barney way better defensively. The Yankees could have a respectable infield defense with Barney at 2nd and Headley at 3rd. Yes, the Yankees infield defense is so bad I’m all for Barney. 😛

LazerTown
1 year 1 month ago

No way, and if the Yankees wanted to go that route they would just play Brendan Ryan regularly.

Blaine
1 year 1 month ago

About friggin time. I like Barney as a person, and I hope he gets a chance to participate as a back-up on a contender, but he’s just a road block for Alcantara right now (who is apparently finally getting the job)

Chioakcisco
1 year 1 month ago

Darwin Barney got Pipped by Alcantara.

demonopie
1 year 1 month ago

Not quite, but someone had to say it.

Chioakcisco
1 year 1 month ago

Well, I’m sure someone else was thinking it.

pageian
1 year 1 month ago

Barney got Pipped by his bat.

bobbleheadguru
1 year 1 month ago

Can he play SS?

sourbob
1 year 1 month ago

Yeah. He hasn’t had much chance in Chicago because of the presence of Castro. But they worked him out at SS this spring to see if it would help trade him. He looked the same as ever as a shortstop: somewhere between solid and vaguely good.

TheFallenSoldier
1 year 1 month ago

He was a shortstop most of his career in the minors. He got shifted when he was called up. He can handle the position.

bigbadjohnny
1 year 1 month ago

No

Ron Loreski
1 year 1 month ago

Rather have Barney over Brendan Ryan.

Ralph Esposito
1 year 1 month ago

Tim Anderson is still out at AA Birmingham with a fractured wrist. Can Barney play short there?

Joe
1 year 1 month ago

I bet the Giants take a flier on him, already got Dan Uggla in AAA, so it can’t hurt to cast the net a little wider and get someone that can at least field.

petrie000
1 year 1 month ago

considering Barney not only fields better but hits better these days, it would appear the Giants moved too soon.

Joe
1 year 1 month ago

They can still pick up Barney, it won’t take anything away from their payroll, as they are only paying Uggla the league minimum. Barney won’t cost mich prospect wise either.

petrie000
1 year 1 month ago

Good Luck to DB going forward. As a Cubs fan i’m not entirely sad to see the job going to Alcantara (hopefully), but Barney seems like an all-around great guy. hope he lands someplace.

sourbob
1 year 1 month ago

Considering that the other two likely options were to demote Lake or Olt, I support this. Barney is terrible, even if as good or better than either of those guys at the moment. But Lake and Olt can possibly benefit by additional big league time to work out their issues. Barney would just be treading water until he was nontendered.

jb226
1 year 1 month ago

I support it too — but I would also support demoting Lake and Olt. It’s a losing season so I’m not trying to squeeze out extra wins or anything, but they just look overmatched every time to the plate. I don’t know that that is good for them.

sourbob
1 year 1 month ago

I think at this point–unless he turns things around dramatically–Olt’s primary purpose at this point is to take up a roster spot as a “developing 3B” so that they can have another excuse to leave Bryant in AAA. This is sounding less and less reasonable as Bryant continues to slaughter minor league pitching and Mike Olt continues to fail to hit even Darwin Barney’s weight.

oh Hal
1 year 1 month ago

This sounds plausible to me. While everyone talks about who should be promoted, I suspect the FO is putting a lot of weight in avoiding starting their clocks.

driftcat28
1 year 1 month ago

Wouldnt mind the yankees getting in on Barney, should come very cheap, great defense. maybe he can work on the offense a bit.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 1 month ago

Hey Yankees fan, its Solarte with a glove. He might hit over .300 for a month too.

ray1
1 year 1 month ago

It’s about time, now send Lake and Olt down.

cubs7691
1 year 1 month ago

Great guy, not a great bat

dale71
1 year 1 month ago

But good against lefties this year at around 300, and over 375 in July at-bats overall.

Puig Power
1 year 1 month ago

The evolution of the keystone.

daveineg
1 year 1 month ago

Barney is passable offensively vs. LHP with a career .267 BA and .700 OPS, even better this year with .293 BA and .739 OPS vs. lefties.