As the Los Angeles Dodgers approached last month’s non-waiver trade deadline, many believed the team was going to make a run at adding another arm to their rotation. Instead, the only move the Dodgers made was acquiring infielder Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs days before the deadline.
Prior to being traded to the Dodgers, Barney was designated for assignment. While Barney was excited over joining the Dodgers, he also was uncertain where he would fit in, according to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
When I found out I was traded to the Dodgers, a West Coast team in first place, I couldn’t have been happier,” Barney said. “From there, there were a lot of unknowns. They’re pretty steady in the middle infield and they have a good thing going, so they don’t necessarily need me to play my position of second base that I’ve ended up being pretty good at. I look at it as an opportunity to play for a winning organization.”
Barney has also found the difference in the environments as another pleasant change:
We’re not working to get better here. We’re working to win every single game,” Barney said. “Over there, it seemed like it was more about if something went wrong, ‘OK, now how do we fix it.’ When you go out to win a ballgame every single day, it’s kind of fun.”
Barney made his name known by becoming Chicago’s primary second baseman from 2011-2013. He then lost the starting job to Emilio Bonifacio and later Arismendy Alcantara this season. With the Cubs owning the NL Central’s worst record, Barney wasn’t a factor in the team’s rebuilding and thus was designated for assignment.
Upon joining the Dodgers, the utility infielder was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque, but was recalled when Hanley Ramirez went on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Barney’s first appearance with the Dodgers was as a pinch-hitter in Monday’s win over the Atlanta Braves where he grounded out to third.
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