Cubs trade Barney to Dodgers
The Cubs today managed to get something for second baseman Darwin Barney, whom they designated for assignment on July 22. They traded Barney and a cash consideration to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. Barney, who won the Gold Glove in 2012, had a hitting line of .230/.265/.328 with the Cubs.
The emergence of Arismendy Alcantara and the activation of Emilio Bonifacio off the disabled list led to Barney being squeezed out, as did Barney's poor offense.
The Cubs open a four-game series tonight against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field, where it is cool with a strong north wind blowing in this afternoon. The Rockies will be starting four left-handed pitchers against the Cubs, beginning with Yohan Flande tonight. With that in mind, Cubs manager Rick Renteria has adjusted his starting lineup, benching third baseman Luis Valbuena in favor of Bonifacio at third base.
Left-handed batter Chris Coghlan is in the lineup as is catcher John Baker. From the game notes: Coghlan has reached safely in 21 of his last 22 games dating to June 30, hitting safely in 19 of those contests. He is hitting .364 (28-for-77) with 10 doubles, 3 homers and 13 RBI in this span, walking 10 times compared with 10 strikeouts. He has a 1.049 OPS since June 30, third-best in the majors behind only Washington’s Jayson Werth (1.177) and Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (1.091).
Jorge Soler hit his first Class AAA homer Sunday for Iowa, which lost a doubleheader to Memphis, 4-2 and 2-0. Soler's homer came in the sixth inning of Game 1.
"He hit a bomb," Iowa manager Marty Pevey told Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register.
At Iowa, Soler has played in five games, going 4-for-13 (.308) with a double, the homer and 2 RBI.
Dallas Beeler, who has seen time with the Cubs this year, took the loss in Game 1, working 6 innings and giving up 3 hits and 4 runs. He walked five and struck out three as his record fell to 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA. In the second game, Mike Olt had 2 hits, including a double. He played first base.
Class AA Tennessee lost 6-5 at Birmingham on a walk-off fielding error by second baseman Jonathan Mota. Corey Black started for the Smokies, and he worked 6 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run. Jae-Hoon Ha hit his third homer.
Daytona (A) swept a doubleheader from St. Lucie, 4-3 and 6-5. In the second game, Dan Vogelbach hit his 12th home run and extended his hitting streak to eight games
After going the entire season without a homer off a lefty, Vogelbach now has three homers in the last five days against left-handed pitchers. He connected Sunday off T.J. Chism.
“My first few years in pro ball I never really had a problem hitting lefties,” Vogelbach told Sean Kernan of the Daytona Beach News Journal. “I struggled early in the year against them. They just got me out. Lefty-on-lefty isn’t easy. There are a lot of good lefties in this league, and in the last few weeks I just tried to slow things down and take what they give me.”
The Kane County Cougars fell 2-1 Sunday to West Michigan. Pitcher Tyler Skulina took the tough-luck loss, working 7 innings and giving up 3 hits and 1 run while walking one and striking out seven. He fell to 4-7 with a 3.21 ERA.
Boise (A) lost to Hillsboro 4-3 on a walk-off homer. Eric Leal got no decision, working 6 innings and giving up 4 hits asnd 2 runs. Right fielder Mark Zagunis singled twice and walked for Boise.
Mesa (Rookie) picked up 20 hits to beat the Diamondbacks 12-2.