The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Darwin Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. OUCH BABE! Remember when he was relevant? When he was possibly considered “a piece” in “the rebuild?” At least defensively, he was thought to be something, Now this is his fate.
The one AAA leader hits once gave Cubs fans such high hopes.
Barney, 28, was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 (47-for-204) with 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season. Since making his big league debut with the Cubs in 2010, Barney batted .244 (455-for-1,861) with 88 doubles, 18 home runs and 146 RBI in 542 games.
He won the 2012 National League Gold Glove at second base after tying a major league single-season record with 141-consecutive errorless games at second base.
The Gold Glove award was the first by a Cubs second baseman in 21 years. Darwin Barney was the first Cubs player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since first baseman Derrek Lee in 2007 and the first Cubs second baseman to win the award since Ryne Sandberg capped a nine-year run in 1991. Barney is only the fourth second baseman in franchise history to win the award, joining Sandberg (1983-91), Glenn Beckert (1968) and Ken Hubbs (1962).
In 2012, just his second full season in the big leagues, Darwin Barney led all major league second basemen with a .997 fielding percentage this season, committing only two errors in 731 total chances covering 1,270.1 innings.
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