The Cubs announced two roster moves Tuesday afternoon. The Cubs designated INF Darwin Barney for assignment to make room on the active roster for Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio has been on the 15-day DL since June 13 with a right oblique strain.
Darwin Barney was the third longest tenured player on the Cubs roster after the trade with Oakland earlier in the month. Barney was not able to get on track enough with the bat for the Cubs to trade him before the deadline. The Cubs still have 10 days to trade Barney or he will be granted his release.
By designating Darwin Barney for assignment, a spot was opened on the 40-man roster which currently stands at 39 players. Kyuji Fujikawa appears to be close to return from Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa reported to Iowa Monday to continue his rehab assignment. Fujikawa is on the 60-day DL and does not count against the 40-man roster. The Cubs had to open a spot for him to be activated and could use the spot created by designating Darwin Barney for assignment.
The Cubs active roster stands at 25 players with Emilio Bonifacio activated and Kyle Hendricks officially recalled from Iowa. The Cubs will have to make another roster move prior to Wednesday’s game in order to recall LHP Tsuyoshi Wada.
The former National League Gold Glover was 15-for-39 over his last 10 games with two doubles and two triples for a .385/.385/.538 line with a .923 OPS but for the season, Darwin Barney was hitting only .230/.265/.328 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and a .594 OPS.
Darwin Barney managed a .208/.266/.303 line last season with 25 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and a .569 OPS. Barney’s best season was in 2011 when he hit .276/.313/.354 in 143 games with 23 doubles, six triples, two home runs and a .666 OPS.
The Cubs and Darwin Barney avoided arbitration on a $2.3 million contract for the 2014 season. The Cubs owe Barney less than $1 million for the remainder of the season.
After a hot start, Emilio Bonifacio cooled off before he hit the DL in June. In 61 games, Bonifacio was managing a .261/.307/.340 line with 10 doubles, three triples, a home run and a .648 OPS.