From Gold Glove to Gone: Cubs Release Barney
Just two years ago, Darwin Barney was a Gold Glove winner at second base in the National League, beating out long-time defensive standout Brandon Phillips.
The problem was Barney couldn’t hit then, and he can’t hit now. Without the Gold Glove, there’s not much else to offer.
So the Cubs made the move that was bound to happen eventually. They DFA’d Barney, which means the Cubs now have 10 days to trade, release or waive the infielder.
Barney always struggled offensively–he’s just a .244 career hitter. He was worse than that this year, hitting just .230.
Barney will receive raves around the Cubs clubhouse, but this is a move that opens up playing time for Emilio Bonifacio right before the trade deadline, and down the road it leaves a void that could be filled by top prospect Javy Baez at second base.
Barney is still an option for contending teams. When it comes to a veteran presence and clubhouse guy, Barney is that man. He can fill the void and add infield depth for a team like the Tigers, who really have no consistent shortstop.
Barney will catch on somewhere for the rest of the year. It’s better for both sides that it’s not with the Cubs.