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Quote of the Day: Darwin Barney on the Cubs’ roster makeover

Jul 5, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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There have been a number of changes since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the Cubs’ front office in October of 2011. Familiar faces like Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, and Andrew Cashner have all been traded as part of the rebuilding process. With the latest deal, which sent right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for a package including Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily, Darwin Barney is feeling a little lonely in the Cubs’ clubhouse these days:

Barney, now the longest-tenured player on the Cubs, isn’t far off. Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo, and James Russell are the only other remaining players from the 2011 team. We’re sure to see more changes soon.

  1. redpiratecaptain - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Cubs minor league system is absolutely stacked, but they have a long way to go now to become a competitive team. Looking at their current roster, this is a 60 win team, even with rizzo and Castro.

    • paperlions - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Wins this year don’t matter. In fact, the fewer wins the better the draft pick and the more money they get to spend on both the draft and international FAs….so fewer wins = better for the future if you are not competitive.

      If they start to sign some pitching this off-season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team close to .500 next year as a lot of their position talent is knocking on the door of being MLB ready.

      • jlovenotjlo - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        How many years in a row do the cubs have to tank? Management circled 2015 when they took over a few years back, and it looks like they just pushes back any playoff hopes to 2016. A team with that large of a market and fan base should not have to tank 4 years in a row just to be competitive. It’s just ridiculous for the fan base to tolerate last place baseball for so long.

      • paperlions - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:42 PM

        When you have to rebuild an entire organization, you have to commit to it if you want to be competitive as soon as possible. Trying to win 80 games will just slow the process down. When Theo et al. took over they had to bring the entire organization into the 21st century and had very little useful in house assets to work with.

        Winning 80 games isn’t progress, making the playoff is….which is why everything is being geared for their prospects to arrive as close together as possible….then they can maximize the utility of spending money on pitching and complementary pieces.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        @jlovenotjlo.What is 2 more years after 100 years of waiting? As paperlions said it is the playoffs that matter.

    • Wesley Clark - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      The Cubs would need to go something like 22 and 56 the rest of the way to get to 60 wins. I am going to take the over.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM


        the Cubs are playing .452 ball at 38 and 46…

        .452 ball on 162 games gets them 73 wins…

        they have a lot of room to drop and still land above 60 wins

      • chiadam - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        .452 before today. They just traded 40% of their starting rotation away. Samadrzija was supposed to pitch today. Did you see how his replacement did?

      • mangoman1966 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Great quote

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM


  2. clydeserra - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Its a great quote. Really, I like it.

    But pointing out that there are 4 people on the roster from 2011, doesn’t resonate with me. The A’s have exactly 2 people from 2011. Crisp and Sogard (all of 27 games, and we all expect him to be optioned after a middle infield upgrade is found).

    • gdobs227 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Off the top of my head, the Pirates have 3. McCutchen, Walker, Alvarez. Unless I’m missing someone.

      And yes, that is a pretty good quote.

      • gdobs227 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Nevermind. Looks like I missed a few. Well, at least the part about it being a good quote still stands.

      • paperlions - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Yeah, the Cardinals only have about 7 guys left from the 2011 team and some of those guys were September callups then (Carpenter) or have been bench players the whole time (Descalso).

  3. Old Gator - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Great quote by Darwin, but after all, who knows more about the evolution of the Cubs’ roster than he does? Maybe the Cubs can even bring in Sidd Finch as their pitching coach.

    • norcalfrog - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      9.5 for Darwin and evolution…bonus points for finch, and Sidd reference earns even more 😉

  4. infieldhit - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Now that this has been brought to light, let’s hope Theo gets a solid prospect in exchange for Mrs Barney, rather than just cash considerations.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Don’t worry Darwin, Theo can’t trade your wife.

  6. TheNaturalMevs - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Andrew Cashner was never a ‘familiar face’ with the Cubs. They dealt two players. Darwin Barney (shouldn’t be a big leaguer) should relax. This isn’t the 97 Marlins off season. Yet.

  7. tfilarski - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    I wish Darwin was traded 😦

  8. jrocknstuff - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Yes, it is a great quote.

    As far as the baseball goes, coming into today’s game the Cubs were 18-12 their last 30 games. That’s .600 baseball. They were starting to turn things around. I really do not believe they are that far away from being competitive, but they need major league ready arms right now. I’m probably in the minority, and while I do think they got a great return from the A’s, I feel like they should have tried to lock Samardzija up.

    • jlovenotjlo - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Cubs were a better team than their record indicated this season, and looked to be carrying momentum into a 2015 playoff run as they continued to improve and mature this season. It’s too bad, I think the cubs’ future success had already arrived. Last place season, yet again..

  9. 1harrypairatesties - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I like Darwin Barney. He is a Gold Glove Award winner let’s not forget. Yes he’s having a bad year at the plate but his glove is well respected around the league. I say keep him as a solid bench player & defensive replacement. He won’t cost much.

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