Barney was granted his release from the Rangers on Monday. As expected, Barney will now be free to sign elsewhere after being cut loose by the Rangers. The 32-year-old hit an unimpressive .232/.275/.327 across 129 games with the Blue Jays last year, but he still offers solid defense across the infield, which could help him latch on somewhere else.
Barney requested his release from the Rangers on Monday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports. Barney is no longer in camp, though the Rangers apparently still haven't granted the infielder his release at this point. He was competing for a utility role with Texas, but will be forced to look now look for major-league opportunities elsewhere (assuming his release is granted). The 32-year-old hit a lackluster .232/.275/.327 across 129 games for the Blue Jays last season.
Barney signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Monday which includes an invitation to spring training. Multiple injuries around Toronto's infield allowed Barney to start 96 games for the Blue Jays in 2017, though he struggled to make an impact and finished the season with a lackluster .232/.275/.327 line across 363 plate appearances. While he doesn't offer much from an offensive standpoint, Barney's glove continues to keep him around the major-league level. As a result, he'll get a chance to break camp with the Rangers in a utility role, though he won't carry any fantasy value even if he does so.
Barney went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Royals. Barney opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the next frame. The long ball was only Barney's fifth in 119 games, and he's unlikely to move out of the bottom third of Toronto's order any time soon judging by his .237/.272/.330 line.
Barney is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. For the second consecutive day, Barney is being withheld from the lineup and giving way to Ryan Goins at second base. Although he's hitting just .237/.273/.322 for the season, Barney has shown a bit more life at the plate recently as he's pieced together a .389 batting average over 36 at-bats since the start of September.