Roster Move: Chicago Cubs DFA Darwin Barney, Emilio Bonifacio activated from DL


The Chicago Cubs have designated second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment and activated utility player Emilio Bonifacio from the disabled list, the team announced today.

Barney, 28, has been the Cubs cornerstone infielder, earning a Gold Glove in 2012 and tied a Major league record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman. The Oregon State product struggled offensively hitting .214/.266/.311 line since the start of 2013 and has not fair that much better this year with a .230/.265/.328 slash line playing part-time.

In July, Barney has hit .230/.385/.538 with two doubles and two triples which may intrigue some teams to trade for him. The Cubs can trade Barney within 10 days.

Arismendy Alcantara was called up prior to the All-Star Game in Minnesota while Barney was placed on the paternity list. Alcantara has remained with the clubs since Barney was activated and played the majority of the games at second base.

Bonifacio, 29, hit three triples and 10 doubles for a .261/.307/.340 line and 13 stolen bases with 78 OPS+ in 61 games with the Cubs this year before suffering an oblique strain. Bonifacio played in seven games during his rehab assignment in the Arizona Rookie League and Double-A Tennessee.

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