Announced this afternoon, the Chicago Cubs will designate second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. The move is prompted by the return of Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list. In 72 games this season Barney was hitting .230 with two home runs and 16 RBI and, according to baseball-reference.com, had a WAR of 0.6. However, Barney had been hot as of late, hitting .385 in his last ten games.
The move comes as a shock to few as most of us expected the Cubs to move the former gold glove second baseman before the July 31st trade deadline but it is always sad to see a long time Cub go. Barney has spent his entire career (5 seasons) on the Northside and was originally the team's fourth round pick in the 2007 draft.
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