Barney was announced Thursday as the manager for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Nashville.
Barney had been out of baseball since being released by Texas in spring training in 2018, so the move to coaching signals the end of his playing career. Known primarily for his defensive abilities, Barney won his lone Gold Glove award in 2012 and slashed .246/.294/.341 across 814 games between the Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays.
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.
Barney is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Barney has an impressive eight hits over his last three games, but he'll head to the bench for a breather after starting seven consecutive contests. Ryan Goins will slide over to second base in his stead, opening up a spot for Richard Urena to start at shortstop. If Urena continues to impress, he could cut into the workload of Barney and Goins down the stretch.
Barney is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.
After starting the last seven games in the infield, Barney seems to have seized control of a regular role, but he'll be given the day off Sunday as manager John Gibbons goes with Richard Urena at second base in what will mark the 21-year-old's first career MLB start. If Urena impresses Sunday, he could cut into Barney's workload more regularly in the final month of the season.
Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Twins, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After Blue Jays manager John Gibbons recently elected to use Josh Donaldson at shortstop and Jose Bautista at third base more regularly, it appeared Barney would be squeezed out of an everyday role in the middle infield. However, with Donaldson starting at the hot corner for the fourth time in five games Sunday, Barney seems to have regained a foothold in the Jays' lineup. Even so, with a .223/.267/.295 line for the season and a lack of impact in the counting-stats categories, it will be difficult for Barney to return value outside of AL-only formats even if he retains regular at-bats the rest of the way.
Barney is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star reports.
For the second straight game, Barney will hit the bench while Josh Donaldson mans shortstop, which could be a common occurrence over the final month-plus of the season while manager John Gibbons looks to find room for both Donaldson and Jose Bautista in the infield. If that's the case, it will likely come at the expense of Barney, a versatile defender who profiles better as a utility man than an everyday option. The 31-year-old is batting a meager .220/.266/.295 over 258 plate appearances on the season.
Barney is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After dropping the first two games in Chicago, the Blue Jays are switching things up for the series finale. Jose Bautista is starting at third base for the game, pushing Josh Donaldson to shortstop and Ryan Goins to second base while leaving Barney as the odd man out.
Barney is out of the lineup Monday against the Rays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
With the Blue Jays five games under .500 entering play Monday and essentially out of the mix for a playoff spot, there isn't much incentive to hand regular playing time to Barney, a 31-year-old, glove-first player who offers little upside at this stage of his career. Barney will cede the keystone to Rob Refsnyder in the series opener, which could become a more regular occurrence over the final month and a half of the season as the Blue Jays look to determine whether Refsnyder profiles as an everyday option.
Barney is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees.
Barney is hitless over his last 10 at-bats, so he'll head to the bench for a breather after starting four straight games at second base. Rob Refsnyder will take over for him at the keystone for the contest, though Barney should continue to see plenty of reps with Troy Tulowitzki (groin) on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Sunday against the Indians.
Barney logged three consecutive starts earlier this week with the Red Sox bringing left-handers to the hill, but thanks to Troy Tulowitzki's groin injury, Barney will remain in the lineup against a right-hander for the third time in four contests. Since he's recorded only one hit over the last seven games and owns a pedestrian .215/.272/.271 line for the season, Barney's increased playing time won't mean much for fantasy purposes.
Barney will start at second base and bat ninth Wednesday against the Red Sox, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It's the third straight start at second base for Barney, but all have coincided with the Red Sox bringing southpaw starters to the mound. With that in mind, he still looks to be stuck on the short side of a platoon at the position with Ryan Goins.
Barney is starting at second base and hitting ninth against Houston on Saturday.
After starting the first four games of July, the utility man hasn't logged an at-bat in Toronto's last three games. With Ryan Goins struggling on the heavy side of the platoon, Barney can earn more playing time with a solid stretch of games.
Barney is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's matinee tilt with the Yankees.
Barney has made the most of an increase in playing time recently, batting .308 with two RBI over four starts this past week. The righty appears to have emerged as the primary option in a second-base platoon with Ryan Goins, but will get a routine day off Wednesday.
Barney will man the short side of a platoon at second base while Devon Travis (knee) is out, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Neither Barney nor Ryan Goins have shown much at the plate as of late, but it seems like manager John Gibbons is going to simply play the matchups for the time being. This would give Barney the short end of the stick, although he could pick up more starts if he breaks out with the bat in the coming days.
Barney will start at second base and bat seventh Sunday against the Mariners, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
With Devon Travis (knee) on the disabled list, the Blue Jays will count on excellent defense and whatever offense they can get out of Barney and Ryan Goins, who have both seen time on the keystone in the last handful of games. With Barney receiving his second straight Sunday, he may have inched ahead in the competition, but both players will struggle to find relevance outside of AL-only leagues regardless of who wins out in the job battle.
Barney (hamstring) is starting at second base and batting seventh Thursday against the Yankees.
Barney dealt with a bout of hamstring tightness for the past week, but it didn't make much of a difference for the Blue Jays with Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki back in action after extended DL stints. Barney will move into the lineup to give Devon Travis a night off, but look for the former to move back into a reserve role after Thursday's contest.
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