The Cubs are likely in full sale mode now after dealing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Who is next to go? My guess is Darwin Barney. Don’t pop that champagne cork just yet, Cubs fans. He likely won’t be replaced by super-prospect Javier Baez. It will be Arismendy Alcantara who gets promoted.
Alcantara is already packing for Chicago with Barney on the paternity list. How he performs this week will likely determine if he gets to stick around or not.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs are pimping Barney out while he is on the paternity list so they don’t have to demote Alcantara when Barney is ready to return.
Still, it might be hard to move Barney. His defense is good, but that ugly .224 with two homers and one steal could be hard to deal.
Lost in the misery that is Barney’s season so far is the fact that he is hitting .387 in July.
The Giants would seem to be the most likely suitor for Barney. They like the power that Brandon Hicks has, but he is hitting below the Mendoza line, and his defense is not great.
Another team that might be interested is the Braves. Tommy LaStella has done pretty well so far, but I don’t feel like the Braves are sold on his ability to keep hitting. We will see.
Alcantara is shredding AAA so far this year. He has a .307 average with 10 homers, 41 RBI, and 21 steals. This hot on the heels of a 2013 season that saw him his .271 in AA wtih 15 homers and 31 steals.
The Cubs are going nowhere fast, and the fans are getting antsy. They have a lot of top prospects, and it looks like Alcantara will be the first to come up and stay up.
ETA: full time before July 31st.