Cubs Place Darwin Barney on Paternity List, Calling Up Arismendy Alcantara to Fill Roster Spot

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have placed Darwin Barney on the paternity list in order for him to leave the team to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Barney is expected to miss the remaining two days of the series in Cincinnati.

The Cubs announced Arismendy Alcantara will take Barney’s place on the active 25-man roster. The call-up is only for two days. According to ESPN Chicago, the Cubs called Alcantara after Iowa’s game wrapped up and told him the news.

Arismendy Alcantara told Jesse Rogers he realizes the call-up is for only two days, but he is in shock and received congratulations from his Iowa teammates.

Before Tuesday’s game, Arismendy Alcantara was hitting .308/.354/.538 in 88 games with Iowa. Alcantara had 24 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs and a .892 OPS. Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a double in Tuesday night’s loss to Omaha.

PrintArismendy Alcantara will hopefully get a chance to play for the next two days. Alcantara played centerfield Tuesday night and is expected to receive more playing time in center while he is in Iowa. Alcantara has mainly played second base this season and should fit in with Starlin Castro without a problem.

Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks, along with Arismendy Alcantara will play in the last two games of the series in Cincinnati … it’s only three, but cookies are cookies.

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Hooray! Awesome! So excited!

  • Tom U

    It may be a cheapie, but I’ll take it. Check another one off the list

    http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2014/03/cubs-farm-report-033114.php#.U7zDvZRdWRh

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Hopefully Barney’s hot streak gets him traded and Alcantara is here to stay. I really like Barney he is a very smart baseball player and very defensively talented. He makes some spectacular plays. He hustles aand has a lot of heart he just doesn’t hit enough.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        He did make some incredible plays today.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Text N4 to 89269 ….Mlb.com to help get Rizzo in the All-Star game.

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  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Not exactly the Aclantra Era ringing in that I had hoped. Hopefully he tears it up and gets to stay or come back soon. The day he goes back down just already sounds funny “Alcantra sent down to make room for Barney!” “Make room for Barney,” should never be said.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I’m really interested to see if Alcantara hits leadoff.
    Alcantara CF
    Coghlan LF
    Rizzo 1b
    Castro SS
    Ruggiano RF
    Valbuena 2b
    Olt 3b
    Castillo C

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Read where the Nationals are looking for a SS prospect to replace Desmond after 2015 or earlier. Mentioned Sandy Leon who was described as a “MLB ready,” guy. Also mentioned another pitching prospect and another hitter. I don’t know Leon but sooner or later we will have to get somebody that can stay behind the plate. For someone more familiar than I, would a package including Leon, a near MLb ready pitching prospect and another make sense for the Cubs? In exchange for Baez, Alcantra or someone? I am by no means advocating this because I have zero qualifications to do that with players I’ve never seen okay on either team. Is Leon a top catching prospect? We’ve got enough young bats to put around Castro and Rizzo and field an prospectively incredibly lineup soon. But I don’t think Castillo is the long term answer and I don’t know if we have the future catcher in the system now. Although so far Zagunis’ stats look very good.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Castillo has been solid defensively and seems to call pitching pretty well. He’s got some pop and has shown flashes of what he can do I think he will get better with the bat.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Leon doesn’t sound that great. Rhey did mention a couple other prospects Souza and Cole I think? And a couple pitchers that may be off limits but who knows?

        I like Castillo too. And I suppose batting 8th in a lineup packed with all the others he would be pretty good. He frames pitches really well and helps his pitcher.

        Also I’m intrigued by the guy that recently joined Iow.a. Can’t think if his name off hand. He seems like he’s got potential but it doesn’t sound like the FO has a lot of belief in him. I remember Tom saying e should have gone to Iowa earlier in season or to start and maybe he could have come up when Castillo was injured.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Rafael Lopez he’s not hitting as well at AAA .244/.322/.295/.617 left handed batter.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Well that sucks. He’s kind of new there so maybe h”ll adjust.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Mike, I ask a question below in a reply to Patrick that I actually posed to both of you. Scroll down and check it out if you get a chance. Appreciate it in advance…

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Oops, that’s you too Patrick. I thought Denver Mike had answered an earlier post. Weird?!.?

          • Denver Mike

            I’m in the mountain time zone, all you guys get up way too early far me!

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Yesterday I looked and Zagunis is hitting but has only caught 2 games and played 5 in LF. DH 1. Not sure what they are doing with him.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Patrick & DMike, I saw where the Mariners are possibly interested in giving up Erasmus Ramirez in a small trade. To me that seems like a good example of a player we could get for Valbuena if he were traded. Martinez hasn’t had a lot of success but has potential. The Arietta/Straily type that the idea would be Bosio may be able to help. What you think about that? I hear people saying just to basically give Valbuena away but I think that’s crazy. Guys with his OBP don’t grow on trees and he’s crazy versatile. I probably over hyped him a few weeks ago saying he may be an all-star which will probably never happen. But he’s a decent player with some value. GM’s out a high premium in OBP. Thoughts?

        • Denver Mike

          Ramirez had a respectable cup of coffee with Seattle in 2012, and I remember because he helped me on a few fantasy baseball teams that year :)

          I knew he fell off a bit, but didn’t really look at his numbers until you mentioned him. As they say, “you shouldn’t scout the box score”, but that’s all I have to go off of. It looks like he really is having control issues (up to 4.9 BB/9 this year from 1.8 BB/9 in 2012. He still averages around 7 K/9, so either he stuff is still pretty good, or the K’s could be a byproduct of his lack of control.

          He certainly looked to have a bunch of upside a couple years ago, and is still only 24. I think I’d be pretty excited about a Valbuena for Ramirez swap if they would do it, there could be a lot of upside there in exchange for a guy who is going to be relegated to a bench role in the next 1-2 years otherwise.

    • Jeffrey Rogers

      I’m not ready to give up on Castillo. He’s has shown more promise than Olt and people keep saying we should not give up on him.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    mmmm…cookies!

  • Tony d

    I can only hope that barney never comes back to the Cubs! I’m sure that he will be back to help the cubs continue losing so we can get a high Draft pick. I’m about done with this rebuild. ….

    • JasonPen

      Its ok. You can come back with all of the bandwagon fans, in a year or 2 once the Cubs are winning consistently.

      • calicub

        Being in California, I often get made fun of for being a Cubs fan due to their history, but as I like to say, “When the time comes, I’ll be driving the bandwagon instead of hopping on it.”

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Villanueva has probably killed all trade value we with his last 2 games. Bad signing. .. wish they would release him.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      When he’s a reliever he can be solid. I think the switching back and forth hasn’t helped him at all and he’s extremely out of place starting. As a long man out of the bullpen with stability in that role he could be good. But we’ve never used him that way with consistency.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        By necessity I guess is part of never using him that way. Glad now they’re ready to bring up Wada, Beeler and Hendricks and go with them and not Villanueva.

    • Eugene Debs

      It wasn’t an expensive deal and they don’t all work out, I suppose. But yeah, he’s been pretty bad.

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  • Eugene Debs

    Barney should strongly consider taking a full 12 weeks of FMLA.