According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Toronto Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with infielder Darwin Barney, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.8875 million. This represents an increase in salary, as Barney made $1.05 million last season.
Barney, 31, has an up and down career since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Barney has largely struggled at the plate since he entered the majors in 2010, but was also a Gold Glove winner during his time with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. Barney spent four and a half seasons in Chicago, before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he spent two seasons.
Barney has experienced a revival with the Toronto Blue Jays, whom he has spent the last one and a half seasons with. In 119 games played in Toronto, Barney has hit .272 with six home runs and 23 runs batted in, which is a far cry from his .242 career average over seven years.
Barney provided a valuable defensive boost for the Blue Jays in a bench role, recording a defensive WAR of 1.3, his highest total since 2013, the year after his Gold Glove. He also recorded his highest offensive WAR since 2012 at 0.9, and is in 20th place on the active list of assists for second baseman in just 7 years of service.
The Blue Jays will now turn their attention to their remaining arbitration eligible players like reliever Aaron Loup, starter Marcus Stroman and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera. This is the first case settled by the Blue Jays this offseason.null