Darwin Barney 2B LAD 2 Months

Cubs placed 2B Darwin Barney on the paternity leave list.

Barney's wife is due to give birth to the couple's third child. He should return over the weekend.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 2 Months

Darwin Barney went 4-for-5 and scored twice against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Included among the four hits were his first triple and his ninth double. Barney entered the night with a .196 average and hadn't had so much as a two-hit game since June 12. The Cubs would love to see him go on a little tear and increase his trade value prior to the deadline.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 4 Months

Darwin Barney hit a rare home run -- a two-run shot -- in Friday's loss to the Brewers.

Barney's blast into the basket in left field at Wrigley Field in the second inning got the Cubs on the board. Junior Lake followed with a solo shot the next frame, but that's all the scoring the Cubbies could muster. Barney has a pair of longballs this season and is hitting just .183/.266/.268.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 4 Months

Darwin Barney clubbed a two-run homer against the Reds on Saturday.

Some rare power from Barney, as it was just his 17th career home run in 483 games. 14 of them have come at Wrigley Field. The 28-year-old wasn't much of a fantasy option even as a regular, so he's essentially irrelevant as a part-timer.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 5 Months

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have been scouting the Cubs in recent days.

Sullivan notes that the Cubs could have extra infielders, and the Rangers would be more interested in Darwin Barney than Donnie Murphy. Luis Valbuena could also potentially be looked at as Texas pursues potential replacements for Jurickson Profar (shoulder). Sullivan also lists Ronny Cedeno, Kevin Frandsen and Cesar Izturis as possible veteran options.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 6 Months

Darwin Barney went 0-for-3 as the Cubs fell to the Athletics 6-2 on Monday.

Barney, who has spent a vast majority of his playing time at second base, was playing at shortstop on the same day prospect Javier Baez was starting at second base in the Cubs' other split-squad game. Baez, attempting to learn second base, is a legitimate threat to Barney's playing time.

Darwin Barney 2B LAD 6 Months

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 LAD 6 Months

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 LAD 7 Months

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 LAD 7 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.