Out of all the names the Los Angeles Dodgers were rumored to trade for before the non-waiver deadline, Darwin Barney was not one of them.
Prior to being traded to the Dodgers, Barney had been designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs. Given the Cubs poor record this season and young talent in the organization, Barney became expendable.
While it was a bit of a rough patch for the infielder, Barney said he was happy to be with the Dodgers; a first-place team in the middle of a pennant race. Barney was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque but was recalled when Hanley Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.
In Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, Barney got the start at second base, his first with the Dodgers, and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. He also added a pair of impressive defensive plays in the seventh and ninth innings.
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