Now that Robinson Cano has been inked by the Mariners and Omar Infante has been snared by the Royals, the Yankees may look to swing a trade for Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney, tweets Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.
Barney, age 28, is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .208/.266/.303 in 141 games for the Cubs. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 71 across parts of four major-league seasons.
While Barney is obviously not much of a hitter, he does grade out as a substantial defensive asset at second base. In 2012, he was awarded a Gold Glove, and according to Ultimate Zone Rating Barney's defense over the last two seasons have been worth about three wins by itself.
Presumably, the Cubs would be willing to part with him as part of their ongoing rebuilding process. Barney is presently first-year arbitration-eligible but not slated for free agency until after the 2016 season.