Barney to Toronto, Tulo Injured

by Agastya Vaidya | Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Blue Jays acquired infielder Darwin Barney from the Dodgers for a player-to-be named. Barney will not be legible to play for the Blue Jays in the postseason, but will be able to offer depth in the infield while SS Troy Tulowitzki recovers from a cracked left shoulder blade. Tulowitzki suffered the injury Saturday afternoon after a collision with center fielder Kevin Pillar.

Barney, an adroit second baseman, won the NL Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the MLB record for most consecutive games without an error, with 141. ¬†He also won the Fielding Bible Award the same year, recognizing him as the best fielding second baseman in all of baseball. So though Barney’s bat doesn’t offer too much, his defense will. This season, Barney has played just two games for the Dodgers at the MLB level, but did hit .303 for their Triple A Isotopes.

Looking towards the final few weeks of the Blue Jays’ season, they seem to have their first place spot in the AL East locked up, even though they only lead the east by a few games. Their July additions of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki have escalated their team over the Yankees, especially in their last few weeks of play. Much of their success should also be given to their sluggers at the top of the line-up, MVP candidate Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, but in reality it seems that all aspects of the team are flowing fluently. Their recent success should alert all fellow postseason teams. Losing Tulowitzki is only a small hiccup for the Jays and they seem to have found an adequate replacement for the time being.

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