Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2 (4/22/14)

(A note for the reader: I’m home today with a sick little one. She’s asleep, so I’m writing this while watching Season 3: Episode 6 of Breaking Bad (titled: Sunset). There will be spoilers if you haven’t gotten this far). OSS: Hammel dominated, and Olt finally had a no-doubt home run. BBA: I like Walter’s new partner, but really what I love more is the music. Very impressive...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Renteria’s talk pays dividends in Cubs’ victory over Reds

Asked whether he had a meeting with his team after an uninspired loss to the Reds on Friday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria half-denied, half-sidestepped the question. By players’ accounts Saturday, it was more of a one-way conversation. Meetings generally are participatory. This one was a lesson on intensity, focus and approach. “When Ricky talks and shows emotion, it means something...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs hit 3 HRs, break loose to beat Reds 8-4

CHICAGO (AP) -- Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo hit two-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Chicago Cubs broke out of a weeklong offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 Saturday. Since scoring four times last Sunday in St. Louis, the Cubs had managed just one run before beating the Reds. Cincinnati had won 16 of the last 17 at Wrigley Field. Emilio Bonifacio...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Oregon Sports Learn From Arizona? It’s About More Than Sunscreen ☆

Oregon sports fans share one thing in common. We look for ways to relate sports to life. We like to make it personal no matter where we are. But where do you find Oregon sports in Mesa, Arizona? I was lost until I pulled into the Chicago Cubs spring training facility. That’s where Oregon State Beaver Darwin Barney’s picture hangs in the Cactus League’s biggest stadium. This...
Via Oregon Sports News
14 days ago  |  Discuss

(CONTEST) How many wins will the Cubs have this season?

This is an informal contest. Tell me how many wins the Cubs will have this year. If they win that exact amount, I'll send you my Darwin Barney bobblehead. I will only accept each number once, so if someone already chose your number, choose a different one. I'll start with 74 wins and update this page with other people's guesses. 
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs opening day roster finalized

Alberto Cabrera DFA, Brian Schlitter takes final spot With the bullpen sorted out (for now), the Cubs opening day roster looks like: C Welington Castillo C John Buck 1B Anthony Rizzo 2B/SS Darwin Barney SS Starlin Castro 3B Mike Olt 2B/3B Luis Valbuena 2B/SS/3B/CF Emilio Bonifacio OF Ryan Kalish OF Ryan Sweeney OF Junior Lake RF Nate Schierholtz RF Justin Ruggiano SP Jeff Samardzija...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers reportedly scouting Cubs infielder Darwin Barney, outfielder Nate Schierholtz

Two years ago, the Detroit Tigers reportedly made a strong push around the non-waiver trade deadline to acquire middle infielder Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs. A trade never came to fruition, but it appears the Tigers' interest in Barney hasn't dissipated. Barney, along with Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz, are both being scouted by Tigers vice president of player...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers scouting Cubs' Nate Schierholtz, Darwin Barney

According to a report by Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Tigers are presently scouting outfielder Nate Schierholtz and infielder Darwin Barney of the Cubs. Levine writes that longtime Detroit exec Scott Reid is following both players this week. The Tigers are in the trade market thanks to recent injuries to Andy Dirks (back surgery), who was to be the primary half of a left field...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Garza: I’m going to kick the Cubs teeth in

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza won 21 games pitching for the Chicago Cubs before the team dealt him to the Texas Rangers last July. This season, Garza will have extra motivation when he faces his former team. “I wish them the best,” Garza said to the Chicago Sun-Times this week. “But I like where I’m at, and I’m going to try to kick their teeth in every time...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Long-Term Effect of Starlin Castro’s Injury on Barney and Baez

Chicago Cubs News - Starlin Castro has a minor hamstring injury that could work out in the Chicago Cubs favor. Manager Rick Renteria will be shuffling his middle infield to not only fill spots but to increase some player’s value. This 7-10 day  injury could play big in the future of the Cubs organization. Filling In For Castro Darwin Barney, who last played shortstop in July 2012...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Darwin Barney sticks with his day job: No more movies

Adam Dunn has nothing on Darwin Barney when it comes to cinematic achievement — except maybe for that invitation to the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Barney had an actual supporting role in a movie, got an actor’s credit for it that Dunn never got and has his own bio page on the popular movie-info website imdb.com — complete with a trailer that features him. Barney lost...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

As we sit today, the Cubs have a pretty well stocked system of position prospects.  With Starlin Castro being under contract for the next six years, there is one infielder whose value is tied to what he can bring back in a potential trade…and that infielder is Darwin Barney. With Emilio Bonaifacio and Logan Watkins available to play second in the interim, and the possibility of...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Darwin Barney a Break Out Candidate

If you have been a fan of World Series Dreaming, you should know that we have fun here. When the Chicago Cubs are bad, we tend to poke fun at them, and call out various players who have not played up to par, and there have been a long list of them the past few seasons. Sometimes we picked on Koyie Hill, who despite being on of the worst hitters on the team when he played on the Northside...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Key deals before arbitration

  The Chicago Cubs’ mantra consistently seems to be “there’s always next year.” But the club has sealed several deals the past few weeks, avoiding arbitration disagreements, which could help stop another bust season with these returning players. Below are some of the important moves the Cubs made recently. 1. Darwin Barney The second basemen avoided arbitration with a one...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Barney agree to $2.3 million, 1-year deal

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $2.3 million, one-year contract with second baseman Darwin Barney, avoiding arbitration. A Gold Glove winner in 2012, Barney committed just four errors with a .993 fielding percentage last season. But he also batted .208. The agreement leaves pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team's only remaining player in arbitration. Chicago also announced...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Darwin Barney, Avoid Arbitration.

Chicago Cubs Baseball - The Chicago Cubs sign Darwin Barney on Thursday for $2.3 million, avoiding arbitration. Barney was paid $562,000 last season. His estimated salary for 2014 was expected to be around $2.1 million. This was Barney’s first year of arbitration eligibility. Darwin barney settles at $2.3M for ’14. #cubs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 6, 2014   Barney...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs: Darwin Barney trying to get back to the basics

Darwin Barney is looking for a fresh start. The 28-year-old former Gold Glove winner is most known for his defense at second base, but it was his work at the plate that dominated his attention last season, hitting a career-worst .208 with a .569 OPS. In the previous two-plus seasons in the majors, Barney sported a .263 average with a .654 OPS, totalling 6.9 WAR (2.7 offensive WAR...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Ways the Cubs could contend in 2014

Pitchers and catchers report in just 17 days. That's not a long time. Frankly, this has been the worst offseason I can ever remember for the Cubs, so I'm ready to watch the 2014 Cubs win 71 games and be eliminated from playoff contention in late May… or am I? Here are some things that could happen. If they do, the Cubs could be more competitive than you'd think. Starlin...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs, Jeff Samardzija remain far apart in extension talks

According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija remain far apart in their contract extension discussions. There have been rumors surrounding Samardzija all offseason about whether the Cubs would prefer to trade him or sign him long-term. If these discussions don’t begin to pick up some steam, the Cubs very well could look to shop...
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January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy New Year from World Series Dreaming

From all of us here at World Series Dreaming, enjoy this silly gif (courtesy of SB Nation) and have a wonderful 2014.  Don’t drink and drive! Darwin Barney ain’t messing around!
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Darwin Barney likely to stay put in Chicago heading into ’14

With the New York Yankees‘ signing of former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, it appears as if Chicago second baseman and former Gold Glove award winner Darwin Barney will stay put on the North Side heading into next season. Barney, 28, maintained his Gold Glove-caliber defense in 2013, but took a major step backwards at the plate, slashing .208/.266/.303 – a noted subtraction...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Darwin Barney Option For Yankees?

Could Cubs 2nd baseman Darwin Barney be heading to the Bronx? The Yankees are searching for a 2nd baseman after Robinson Cano signed a 7 year – $170 million contract with the Mariners and Omar Infante signed a 4 year – $30 million contract with Kansas City.  Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago broke the story yesterday on twitter. Yankees interest in Cubs Darwin Barney...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees to talk with Cubs about Darwin Barney trade?

With Robinson Cano gone to Seattle, the New York Yankees need a second baseman. They recently signed Kelly Johnson, and they heavily pursued Omar Infante, who recently signed with Kansas City. They also turned down a chance at Brandon Phillips because they did not want to part with Brett Gardner or give Phillips a raise. With few other options available, the Chicago Cubs&...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs tender contracts to Samardzija, Barney

The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips, was tendered a contract before Monday’s 11 p.m. deadline and could come close to doubling...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs face question at second as tender deadline nears

Do the Cubs keep a solid defender like Darwin Barney at second base or look for another option? That's one of the decisions the Cubs face Monday in advance of the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for Major League teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. The Cubs have eight other players on that list: infielders Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy, outfielder Nate Schierholtz...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

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