May 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (15) throws out Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Chicago won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Darwin Barney from Chicago Cubs

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune first tweeted the deal of Darwin Barney being shipped from the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Other reports have the Dodgers receiving some cash and the Cubs get Mr. PTBNL (player to be named later). Here’s the Dodgers official Twitter…

This may be a surprise to some since Dee Gordon seems to be the Dodgers second baseman, but it provides manager Don Mattingly that late-inning defensive replacement. Barney is an outstanding defender. He won the Gold Glove in 2012 and should have duplicated the feat the following season. He owns the defensive metrics.

As far as the offense of Darwin Barney is concerned, that’s a different matter. Over his four-plus seasons with the Cubs, his slashline was .244/.290/.335. The Dodgers obviously didn’t make this trade for his bat.

Barney was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 22.

On the surface, the acquisition of Barney from the Cubs may not look like much. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal believes there could be something else to this deal.

The Dodgers shelled out some cash to obtain Alex Guerrero and Erisbel Arruebarrena, the players to which Rosenthal refers in the first tweet. Guererro received a four-year, $28 million deal. The contract Arruebarrena inked was for five years and $25 million.

If the name Erisbel Arruebarrena rings a bell, it might be due to this…

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