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Darwin Barney | Second Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Apr 19 - 5:49 PM

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T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers have been scouting the Cubs' infielders in recent days.

Sullivan notes that the Rangers appear most interested in Darwin Barney, something that Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times has also reported. Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena could also potentially be looked at as Texas pursues potential replacements for Jurickson Profar (shoulder). Additionally, Sullivan lists Ronny Cedeno, Kevin Frandsen and Cesar Izturis as possible veteran options.
Mar 25 - 11:50 PM

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.
Mar 17 - 6:51 PM

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.
Mar 5 - 2:04 PM

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.
Feb 27 - 6:59 PM

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.
Feb 6 - 1:14 PM

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.
Jan 17 - 7:10 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score believes that the Yankees interest in Darwin Barney could increase now that the Royals have signed Omar Infante.

Levine notes that the two sides talked earlier about Barney. The 28-year-old is coming off a brutal season offensively where he slashed .208/.266/.303 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 141 games. He is an incredibly skilled defender though, and could be an inexpensive option to fill the Bombers hole at second base.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 08:47:00 AM

According to Carrie Muskat of, the Cubs are likely to tender a contract to second baseman Darwin Barney before Monday's deadline.

The 28-year-old is an extremely skilled defender, but is coming off a brutal season offensively where he slashed a meager .208/.266/.303 with seven homers, 41 RBI and four stolen bases. Still, the Cubs don't have a better option in house, and though due a raise, Barney will likely earn around $2 million in 2014, he remains an inexpensive option.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 06:00:00 PM

Darwin Barney, Brandon Phillips and Mark Ellis have been named finalists for the National League Gold Glove at second base.

Barney ended Phillips' two-year streak of Gold Glove wins last season and is probably the favorite to take home the award again. Ellis will be looking for his first win. The winner will be announced next week.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 10:57:00 AM

Darwin Barney is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

Barney is likely just getting a breather. Logan Watkins will make the start at second base.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Darwin Barney went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Cubs' No. 2 hitter in Wednesday's loss.

Manager Dale Sveum certainly had the right idea hitting Barney at the bottom of the order most of the year, but that's changed of late for absolutely no good reason. Maybe he could justify it against a left-hander, but certainly not a righty like Ricky Nolasco. Barney has now hit first or second 12 times this year and gone 13-for-55 (.236) with one walk in those games.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 and hit his seventh homer Saturday against the Padres.

Barney has matched his 2012 homer total in 146 fewer at-bats. However, he's still hitting just .221 with a .275 OBP and his defense isn't quite good enough to make up for those numbers.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 12:41:00 AM

Darwin Barney went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Sunday night against the Cardinals.

Barney hit a three run shot off Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning and was able to pick up his 13th multi-hit game of the season. He remains one of the better defensive second basemen in the league, but is batting .215/.266/.327 in 314 plate appearances.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Darwin Barney went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

Barney had a three-run homer on Tuesday, but he's just 4-for-40 this month and that homer resulted in his only run scored in the 11 games. He's also drawn all of one walk the last three weeks. Against right-handers, he's batting .197 with a .243 OBP in 203 at-bats this season. All of the defense in the world isn't making up for that.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 07:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker