Darwin Barney
Darwin Barney
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Barney's glove continues to keep him around at the big-league level, but for how much longer is a real question. He still graded out as a net positive in the field in 2017, but not to the same extent as 2016, and not nearly to the level he was at during his peak years with the Cubs from 2012-13. Barney has always been a light-hitting infielder, with his ISO ranging from .078 to .104 in his full seasons. His wOBA has never exceeded .303 in any season with more than 250 plate appearances. The Blue Jays brought in Aledmys Diaz this winter in a trade with St. Louis, making a return to Toronto unlikely for Barney. Chances are, he will settle for a minor-league deal in free agency with a chance to work his way into a utility role in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in February of 2018 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Granted release from Rangers
2BFree Agent  
March 19, 2018
Barney was granted his release from the Rangers on Monday.
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As expected, Barney will now be free to sign elsewhere after being cut loose by the Rangers. The 32-year-old hit an unimpressive .232/.275/.327 across 129 games with the Blue Jays last year, but he still offers solid defense across the infield, which could help him latch on somewhere else.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .684 247 25 3 13 5 .271 .340 .344
Since 2016vs Right .621 421 44 7 31 4 .236 .271 .350
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .608 139 11 1 6 5 .244 .324 .285
2017vs Right .595 223 23 5 19 2 .225 .243 .352
2016vs Left .779 108 14 2 7 0 .306 .361 .418
2016vs Right .649 198 21 2 12 2 .249 .301 .348
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Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .670 345 36 4 24 5 .272 .305 .365
Since 2016Away .616 323 33 6 20 4 .223 .288 .329
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .582 164 15 2 13 3 .239 .265 .316
2017Away .619 198 19 4 12 4 .227 .282 .337
2016Home .751 181 21 2 11 2 .304 .341 .411
2016Away .611 125 14 2 8 0 .216 .296 .315
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Barney barely made the 25-man roster in 2016, and was expected to be sent to the minors once Devon Travis returned from offseason surgery. In a twist of fate, Ryan Goins -- who was ahead of Barney on the depth chart -- struggled immensely to begin the campaign. That opened the door for Barney to fill a regular role for a short period before the All-Star break. The utility man saw time at second, third, short (reaching 20 games at all three positions) and even in the outfield. Prior to the Midsummer Classic, the 28-year-old slashed .296/.345/.392, well above his career marks across the board. Barney's second-half production (.215/.279/.333) fell way short of his first-half success, but his overall campaign increased his standing with the team heading into 2017. Although his numbers won't blow anyone away, Barney's versatility at least lends itself reasonably well to volume.
Barney finally evolved in 2014 into what he should have been the entire time -- a role player. He's a glove-first player that has never run, hit for average or hit for power at the major league level. Barney ended up with the Dodgers after leaving Chicago and actually scattered some hits around when matchups were in his favor. However, 29-year-old glove-first players have one role in fantasy circles: occupying spots in the FA pool. His career-high in runs is 73, and that came in a season where he had nearly 600 plate appearances. Even if Barney were to go back to 500-plus plate appearances, there isn't much he is going to do with them.
No one can deny that Barney has a great glove, but the 2012 Gold Glove winner can't hit a lick. Seven home runs and four stolen bases might be acceptable for a $1 second baseman who hit .270 in 200 at-bats, but Barney received over 500 at-bats in 2013 and barely stayed above the Mendoza Line. His .569 OPS was ahead of only Adeiny Hechavarria among qualifiers in the National League. His defense may save a few runs for the Cubs, but it's his bat that keeps the Cubs' games low-scoring. You're better off finding a part-timer to fill your middle-infield spot, and if he doesn't start hitting a little better, the Cubs may start to look elsewhere as well.
A .254/.299/.354 line doesn't pay the bills except when it comes from an elite defensive second baseman - and that's a fair description for Barney whose 13.1 UZR led MLB at his position. That defensive skill set will keep his bat in the lineup, and the volume should yield decent counting stats in deeper leagues - seven homers, six steals and 73 runs have some use. Barney turned 27 in November, and given his strong contact rate and improving batting eye, it should not surprise if he hits .275 or higher.
A long shot to win the second-base job last year, Barney beat out Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt to be the Cubs' everyday starter as a rookie. His .276/.313/.353 line isn't eye-popping, however, and Barney has never run all that much - nine steals in 529 at-bats last year, and 11 in 479 Triple-A at-bats in 2010. Moreover, Barney doesn't hit for power or draw walks. He is an excellent contact hitter, though, and his defense makes him the favorite the begin the season as the team's starter. At 26, Barney can still get better, but he's probably not a high ceiling player.
Barney got a cup of coffee in September and didn't hit. He can play second, short and third, and he runs well (though he hasn't translated his raw speed into base-stealing ability), so he'll be considered for a utility role. Otherwise, his skill set - not much power or patience, good contact skills - doesn't jump out.
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Requests release
2BTexas Rangers  
March 19, 2018
Barney requested his release from the Rangers on Monday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
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Spring invite with Rangers
2BTexas Rangers  
February 5, 2018
Barney signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training.
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Goes deep Tuesday
2BToronto Blue Jays  
September 19, 2017
Barney went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Royals.
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Sitting out Wednesday
2BToronto Blue Jays  
September 13, 2017
Barney is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.
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Gets day off Tuesday
2BToronto Blue Jays  
September 12, 2017
Barney is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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