The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs. The deal was first reported by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Chicago will also give Los Angeles $500K in cash, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The Cubs will receive a player to be named later from the Dodgers, in return for Barney.
Darwin Barney, 28, was designated for assignment last Friday to make room for minor league infielder Arismendy Alcantara. Barney was drawing lots of trade interest, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, with the Cubs actively trying to trade him before Thursday’s deadline.
Darwin Barney is a .244/.290/.335 career hitter with a 5.4 WAR, thanks in large part to his great defensive performance in 2010-11. In 217 plate appearances before being designated for assignment, Barney was slashing a line of .230/.265/.328 with a minuscule 0.3 WAR.
Barney is set to make about $800K over the rest of the season and is arbitration-eligible this offseason, but he will most-likely be non-tendered. He will provide value for the Dodgers as a late-inning defensive replacement at both second base and shortstop.