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By Jon Weisman
The Dodgers have picked up defensive specialist Darwin Barney and cash considerations from the Cubs, in exchange for a player to be named later or (not to be redundant) cash considerations.
Barney had a .265 on-base percentage and .328 slugging percentage in 217 plate appearances for the Cubs this season and has a career OBP of .290. A second baseman with brief experience at short and third, the 28-year-old Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 and shares the MLB record with 141 consecutive errorless games at second.
According to Fangraphs, Barney has been the No. 1 defensive second baseman in the National League this year with a UZR/150 of 15.5.
Chicago designated Barney for assignment on July 22. In his final 10 games prior to that date, Barney hit .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles and two triples.
“He’s a guy we have so much respect for as a person,” Hoyer told MLB.com. “I think he’s a really good baseball player, and a winning player, as he showed in college. He can do a lot of things on the field to help a winning team.
“He got in a position here where playing time started to be scarce for him, whether it was Valbuena, Bonifacio or Alcantara, and that necessitated the move,” Hoyer said. “It certainly wasn’t easy. He’s a great guy, and a great competitor. I’m hoping that in this process we can get him to a place where he can help a contender and get a feel for a pennant race.