The Cubs caught many off guard Tuesday when the front office designated Darwin Barney for assignment. With Emilio Bonifacio ready to be activated from the 15-day DL, the Cubs needed a spot on the 25-man roster and decided to keep Arismendy Alcantara with the big league team instead of sending him back to Iowa.
Jed Hoyer said the front office is hoping to receive calls from other teams on Barney. And Hoyer told the beat writers he would try to find the right match for Barney. The Cubs have 10 days to trade him before looking at other options.
Gordon Wittenmyer spoke with Jeff Samardzija after Barney was DFA’d Tuesday. Samardzija told Wittenmyer he hopes the A’s get Barney because he feels if “you stick Barney in the right situation on a winning team” that he will “make that team a whole lot better.” Samardzija admitted he requested Barney was in the lineup on the days he started and that Barney “saved his butt plenty of times.”
Anthony Rizzo talked to the beat writers about Darwin Barney following Tuesday’s game. Rizzo hopes Barney lands with a better team in a winning situation with a contender. Rizzo called Barney “the best teammate he ever played with.” Rizzo said, “It’s a business and we’re pawn pieces. We have no say, but we all wish Darwin the best.”
Jed Hoyer pointed out the front office has a lot of respect for Darwin Barney and he thinks Barney does a lot of things on a baseball field that would help a contending team.
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Hoyer said, “I’m certainly hopeful that through this process we can get him to a place where he can hopefully help a contender and get a feel for a pennant race.”
The former National League Gold Glove winner was 15-for-39 over his last 10 games with two doubles and two triples (.385/.385/.538/.923) 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 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.
Jon Heyman pointed out with teams like the A’s, Giants, Blue Jays, Reds and Yankees looking for a second baseman that if there was ever a good time to be designated for assignment, this might be it for Darwin Barney.