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Dodgers acquire Darwin Barney from Cubs

Jul 28, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Last week the Cubs designated infielder Darwin Barney for assignment and now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re close to trading him to the Dodgers.

Barney was the Cubs’ starting second baseman for three-and-a-half seasons, but with several high-upside prospects knocking on the door to the majors they decided sticking with a good-glove, no-hit player wasn’t worthwhile.

Barney is a career .244 hitter with a .625 OPS and he’s posted a sub-.300 on-base percentage in three straight seasons. He’s more suited to be a utility man than a starter at age 28.

UPDATE: Patrick Mooney of reports that the Cubs will receive a player to be named later in exchange for Barney. It’s a done deal now.

  1. lanflfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Why Colletti? The Dodger farm system is littered with good-glove, no-hit IF’s and you are trading for another one?

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I am sure that Darwin is happy. It beats banishment to the Galapagos Islands.

    • ejheim62 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      no one’s going to get that…..good one!

      • lanflfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Depends on where they live and what their thoughts are on the “E” word.

      • tmc602014 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        31 thumbs say everyone got that.

    • classicfinder - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Or to PBS (his other job).

  3. Ben Cerow - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    One of the best gloves in the game. Glad he caught on somewhere.

  4. bolweevils2 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Who does he replace on the Dodgers roster? Miguel Rojas I assume?

  5. geoknows - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    WTF do the Dodgers want with Darwin Barney?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      He has a cool name

  6. dcbear90 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Print the World Series tickets right now!!!

  7. khmerson562 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Maybe they’ll trade dee gorden

  8. pwshrugged - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Organizational depth? I guess?

  9. jkaflagg - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Statheads often point out that there is very little performance difference between journeyman players at the major league and AAA level, except for the higher price tag of the former…..but when a manager looks down the bench during the postseason and needs a sacrifice bunt or solid defense in the late innings, they definitely appreciate the veteran presence, and the Dodgers make no bones about the fact that at mimimum they must reach the World Series for the year to be successful. So the few extra bucks for a Darwin Barney as opposed to a Miguel Rojas is well worth the investment; and as we know, they have the bucks……

  10. mscxvd - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Seriously Mo! He would have been an upgrade to anyone on the cardinals bench! seeing as Ellis is hitting .185 and Descalso is hitting .176! The cardinals need to improve there bench bad!

    • geejon - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Giants could have used him more than the Dodgers. Rojas has a great glove and fills in for Ramirez all the time. Meanwhile Giants are trotting out stone-hands Dan Uggla everyday. I thought Peavy was going to strangle him last night.

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