Cubs Designate Barney
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 12:00am
(CHICAGO) - The Chicago Cubs took another step toward the future on Tuesday, designating second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment. Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list to take Barney's place on the roster. Bonifacio had been out since June 13 because of strained right oblique. The 28 year old Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012, when his 141 consecutive games without an error tied a major-league record. But he regressed noticeably at the plate and, with the recent promotion of Arismendy Alcantara and other infield prospects on the way, he no longer fit the master plan. Barney was hitting .230 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games. Last season he hit .208 with six home runs and 41 RBI in 141 games, all except two as a starter. The Cubs have 10 days to trade or place Barney on unconditional waivers. If he clears waivers, the team can release him. In other off the field business, the Cubs optioned third baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa late Tuesday to make room on the roster for Wednesday night's starter, Tsuyoshi Wada. Olt had been with the Cubs since making the team out of spring training, but he struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season, including three Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres before he was demoted. He was hitting .139 with 12 home runs and never made enough contact to warrant staying in the big leagues.