The Darwin Barney era with the Chicago Cubs has reached a conclusion.
In a move to open up a roster spot for returning outfielder Emilio Bonifacio on Wednesday, the Cubs designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.
The Cubs now have 10 days to either trade or release Barney.
While playing at his normal high-level defensively with the Cubs this season, Barney struggled offensively. Barney was hitting .230/.265/.328 in 217 plate appearances before the roster move on Wednesday.
Barney’s roster spot came into question this past week with the emergence of talented prospect Arismendy Alcantara.
In his first 38 plate appearances with the Cubs, Alcantara is hitting .286/.316/.543 with a wOBA of .363 and a wRC+ of 130.
Alcantara will now presume second base duties until Javier Baez is promoted to the Major League level. Baez recently changed to the second base position from shortstop with the Iowa Cub and there is a belief that Baez could be with the Major League team by September. If that is the case, expect Alcantara to move into the outfield.
Barney has a future in baseball as defensive specialists that could start on a team that is not dependent on the second base position for offensive support.