The Cubs traded second baseman Darwin Barney and cash considerations to the Dodgers on Monday for a player to be named later. The Cubs had previously designated the 28-year-old Barney, who is known for his outstanding glove work and horrendous hitting, for assignment on July 22nd.
Barney won the Gold Glove in 2012 after tying a Major League single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games, but batted .254 in the same year. This season he’s batting .230 with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 72 games. Barney has hit .244 with 88 doubles, 18 home runs and 146 RBIs in his career.
Since he’s not very handy with the bat I can’t see Barney getting to many starts. His role with the team will most likely be coming off the bench as a defensive replacement late in games, while getting the occasional start to give Dee Gordon a day off. Barney is not an inspirational acquisition, but a safe one. With Alex Guerrero far from ready to come up from the minors this year, it’s a smart move. The Dodgers get a really solid backup glove in the middle infield at relatively no cost, as “the player to be named later” will most likely be a low-level, non prospect, minor league player.