From the Wire: Cubs Trade Darwin Barney to the Dodgers for PTBNL

According to multiple reports, the Cubs traded INF Darwin Barney to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs designated Barney for assignment on July 22. After Barney was DFA’d, Jed Hoyer said he would do his best to put Barney in the right situation and hopefully with a contender.

According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs received a player to be named later in the deal for Darwin Barney from the Dodgers.

The Cubs travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers this weekend (Aug. 1-3). And the Cubs host the Dodgers in September (Sept. 18-21).

Updated 2:31pm CDT – The Cubs sent Cash to the Dodgers as part of the trade for a PTNBL or Cash considerations

Updated 5:44pm CDTAccording to Carrie Muskat, the Dodgers will pay $500,000 of the money owed to Barney for the 2014 season. Cubs left to pay roughly $300,000 on Barney’s 2014 salary.

The Cubs and Darwin Barney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.3 million contract for the 2014 season. The Cubs owed Barney around $1 million for the remainder of the year after designating him or assignment last Tuesday.

PrintDarwin Barney gives the Dodgers options at second base and shortstop for the remainder of the year and is under club control through the 2016 season.

According to Bruce Levine, the Blue Jays were also interested in trading for Darwin Barney.

In 72 games for the Cubs this season, Darwin Barney hit .230/.265/.328 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and a .594 OPS.

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  • calicub

    Congrats to Darwin getting to a contender. Yet another reason to be excited about my home town team.

  • BigJonLilJon

    That PTBNL is so anticlimactic . Excited we made a trade, but can’t be excited for the upgrade.
    Glad for Barney though.

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  • Neil

    Barney will play second, short and third for Dodgers.

    Also, from Ken Rosenthal: Dodgers’ pickup of Barney could be interpreted as a lack of confidence in Guerrero and Arruebarrena short-term. Dodgers optioned Arruebarrena to Class A Rancho Cucamonga after he triggered brawl with slow HR trot while on rehab assignment at Triple A.

  • Ray Koenig

    The new FO always seems to get something out of players they move.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Welcome to Chicago Matt Kemp.

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  • Vivid_Reality

    Victor Arano or Jacob Scavuzzo would be interesting pickups. Even those two would likely be too much for Barney though. Might be looking for a Jharel Cotton type or maybe someone like Zach Bird.

    • Eugene Debs

      Both of those guys are on their top 20 list, so I highly doubt they are even sitting in the same room as the player we’ll get.

      • Vivid_Reality

        They’re both fringy top 20 players having poor or mediocre seasons. As I said even those two would likely be too much but with the Cubs kicking in cash it remains a possibility.

        • Eugene Debs

          The player we’ll get is called “saved $300,000.”

          • Vivid_Reality

            We saved 500k but whatever, there is clearly no reasoning with you. We got a fringy top 20 guy for Scott Harrison but I guess no one remembers that.

            “Pineyro is a 6-1, 200 pound right-hander born September 29, 1991. He has a solid 89-94 MPH fastball and a very good changeup, but his breaking ball has been rated as mediocre before this year. He’s made progress refining it into a useable curveball. With further development of his secondary pitches and command, Pineyro could be back-of-the-rotation starter or, more probably, a bullpen asset.

            SUMMARY: I think picking up a C+/C type prospect for a surplus utility man who didn’t fit into the long-term plan is a good return for the Cubs.”

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  • Tony_H

    I believed the Dodgers were a perfect fit for Barney (along with the Tigers) this year. Not sure what took them so long to trade for him.

  • mutantbeast

    Well, Barney Rub will be a defensive upgrade over HanRam at SS, even if he hasnt played there in several years.

  • Neil

    Carrie Muskat reported the Dodgers will pay $500,000 of Barney’s remaining contract. Leaving around $300,000 that the Cubs are responsible for on his contract.

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