Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
1 week ago

The Blue Jays are undecided on whether to retain Barney, who is eligible for arbitration, for the 2017 season, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Teams have until Friday at 11:59 PM to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Toronto has four players who fall into that category, but Barney appears to be the only one whose status remains in question. Barney is projected to earn $1.6 million next season, but that number seems a little low. The 31-year-old made $1 million in 2016 after he signed with the club as a free agent, but he was eligible for arbitration in 2015 and earned $2.5 million. The utility man played several positions and slashed .269/.297/.373 over 104 games for the Jays in 2016, well above his career line of .249/.297/.343.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney, who was hit hard in the head Friday, will be available off the bench for Saturday's contest against the Angels, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The utility infielder does not appear to be showing any ill effects from a collision he had at second base during Friday's 5-0 victory over the Angels. Barney was picked off in the top of the third inning and while sliding into second, his head slammed into the knee of shortstop Andrelton Simmons. That created some concerns about a possible concussion, but he appears to be fine moving forward.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney, making a rare start in place of Josh Donaldson (rest) at third, went 0-for-2 Monday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Barney, who became a routine starter on the Jays' injury-plagued infield during the first half of the season, has seen his playing time take a huge hit in the second half. With a relatively healthy roster around him for the first time year, Barney has received just five at-bats in the team's last 13 games. Overall, the 30-year-old is hitting .200 in 80 at-bats since the All-Star break, a major dip from the .296 average Barney posted in 186 at-bats prior to the Mid-Summer Classic.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney (personal) rejoined the team and is available off the bench for Saturday's game against the Rays, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was placed on the family medical emergency list on Wednesday, but is back with the team to serve in his typical role off the bench. Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki should continue to serve as the Blue Jays' go-to double-play combination, but Barney is a capable of filling in defensively at either spot.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney was placed on the family medical emergency list Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The team has yet to say how long Barney will be away from the team, but more information regarding his eventual return should be known in the coming days. Ryan Goins was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to fill in during Barney's absence.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney will leave the team Wednesday for personal reasons, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Goins has been summoned from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Barney. It's uncertain how long Barney will be gone but there has been no indication that he will be away for more than a few days.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
3 months ago

Barney's sixth-inning solo homer in Friday's blowout win over the Twins was his first since back on June 5 versus the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

The second baseman had been mired in a long-ball drought of epic proportions before Friday's round-tripper, which came in a game where Barney also collected a double and scored two runs overall. He's tallied four multi-hit efforts over his last seven games, but is still hitting just .240 over 50 August at-bats.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
4 months ago

Barney went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

With Devon Travis sitting out with knuckle soreness, Barney made the most of his rare opportunity to hit leadoff. Tuesday marked the utility man's third multi-hit game in his last four starts, bumping his batting average up four points over that span. Barney's .265/.315/.361 slash line through 249 at-bats this year is up across the board from his career marks of .248/.296/.341. He's having his most productive season since 2013 when he played in 141 games with the Cubs.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
4 months ago

Barney is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The infield core of Devon Travis, Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson has been able to stay healthy since the All-Star break and deny Barney many opportunities around the diamond, but the versatile utility man has been able to stay fresh by seeing semi-regular action in the outfield. While the Blue Jays added Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista to the DL last week, it hasn't led to extended action for Barney, who will sit for the third day in a row. It looks like he could be forced to occupy the short end of a platoon in left field with recent call-up Darrell Ceciliani, a lefty hitter who has started each of the last three games with the Astros bringing right-handed starting pitchers to the hill.

Darwin Barney
2B/SS/3B TOR
4 months ago

Barney (0-for-4) made the start at third base Friday while Josh Donaldson played the role of DH.

EDGE Analysis

Barney got the start at the hot corner for the third time in the team's last six games. It's becoming increasingly obvious that Josh Donaldson isn't 100 percent healthy -- he's been dealing with multiple lingering ailments all season -- giving the defensively=skilled Barney continued opportunities to be penciled in the lineup. The story of Barney's season has been all about taking advantage of other's misfortune. He's been a key cog in the Jays infield for most of the year because of injuries. The versatile veteran has made 15-plus starts at second, short and third while getting the nod in the outfield twice and even pitching once (in the 19-inning game against the Indians on July 1). Barney's eligibility at multiple positions makes him a valuable fantasy asset in many formats.