Darwin Barney 2B CHC 6 Days
Darwin Barney will start at shortstop in Thursday's Cactus League game.
Starlin Castro is currently nursing a right hamstring strain, so the Cubs are looking at Barney as an insurance policy. It's also a way to showcase his versatility for a possible trade down the road.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 12 Days
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that Darwin Barney remains the team's starter at second base.
Emilio Bonifacio will see plenty of playing time at second but will function as a super utility player. Barney is getting the nod because of his slick glove, but he's going to have to improve upon last year's ugly .208/.266/.303 batting line if he wants to keep his job.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 1 Month
Cubs and 2B Darwin Barney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.
Barney asked for $2.8 million and was offered $1.8 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It took a couple of weeks for the two sides to find a middle ground. Barney, 28, batted just .208/.266/.303 in 141 games last season for Chicago and will likely be a non-tender candidate next winter.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 2 Months
Darwin Barney requested $2.8 million and was offered $1.8 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
The 28-year-old is a highly skilled defender, but slashed an atrocious .208/.266/.303 in 2013 which made him an non-tender candidate. He's likely to earn north of $2 million in the arbitration process.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 3 Months
Bruce Levine of 670 The Score believes that the Yankees interest in Darwin Barney could increase now that the Royals have signed Omar Infante.
Levine notes that the two sides talked earlier about Barney. The 28-year-old is coming off a brutal season offensively where he slashed .208/.266/.303 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 141 games. He is an incredibly skilled defender though, and could be an inexpensive option to fill the Bombers hole at second base.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 3 Months
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs are likely to tender a contract to second baseman Darwin Barney before Monday's deadline.
The 28-year-old is an extremely skilled defender, but is coming off a brutal season offensively where he slashed a meager .208/.266/.303 with seven homers, 41 RBI and four stolen bases. Still, the Cubs don't have a better option in house, and though due a raise, Barney will likely earn around $2 million in 2014, he remains an inexpensive option.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 5 Months
Darwin Barney, Brandon Phillips and Mark Ellis have been named finalists for the National League Gold Glove at second base.
Barney ended Phillips' two-year streak of Gold Glove wins last season and is probably the favorite to take home the award again. Ellis will be looking for his first win. The winner will be announced next week.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 6 Months
Darwin Barney went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Cubs' No. 2 hitter in Wednesday's loss.
Manager Dale Sveum certainly had the right idea hitting Barney at the bottom of the order most of the year, but that's changed of late for absolutely no good reason. Maybe he could justify it against a left-hander, but certainly not a righty like Ricky Nolasco. Barney has now hit first or second 12 times this year and gone 13-for-55 (.236) with one walk in those games.
Darwin Barney 2B CHC 7 Months
Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Saturday against the Padres.
Barney has matched his 2012 homer total in 146 fewer at-bats. However, he's still hitting just .221 with a .275 OBP and his defense isn't quite good enough to make up for those numbers.