After a record-breaking defensive season that resulted in his first Gold Glove, Darwin Barney doesn’t have a lot of room for improvement defensively. However, Barney finished 2012 in the bottom half of nearly every offensive category amongst second basemen. It would be nice to think that maybe he has made adjustments; maybe this year will be different. But, now at age 27 and starting his third full season with the Cubs, it seems that Barney is who he is. For this reason, I’m not even running a projection on Barney. I’m just using his 2012 stats:
On another note, die-hard Darwin Barney fans should watch as much of him as they can this year. I wouldn’t be shocked if Barney is traded after this year. He’ll be arbitration eligible in 2014 and a free agent in 2017. By 2015 or 2016, Cub fans should be seeing an infield made up of Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Jeimer Candelario, and Arismendy Alcantara. If Barney can repeat his defensive showcase from last year, other teams would love to trade for a guy that they have control of for three more seasons.