The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed 30-year-old middle infielder Darwin Barney to a one year contract, according to TSN's Shi Davidi.
The deal will become official pending a physical. As of right now, the money amount owed to Barney is unknown.
Barney was acquired by the Blue Jays in September from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for veteran minor league catcher Jack Murphy.
Barney originally elected free agency after he was ourtighted to the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The former fourth round pick has played for the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs in his career.
The veteran infielder appeared in just 16 games for the Blue Jays, getting just 23 at-bats where he collected seven hits, two of which were home runs, and four RBIs. He is considered a very weak hitter with just a .246/.294/.339 career slash line with 21 home runs and 90 doubles. He does have a lifetime BABIP of .269, which possibly suggests he has gotten a bit unlucky, and he has a very good strikeout rate of 11.3 percent.
Barney's specialty is in his defense, particularly at second base where he won a Gold Glove award back in 2012. During his 2012 season, there was a stretch in which Barney went a very impressive 141 games without an error, tying the all-time record held by Placido Polanco. Over his career, Barney has a ultimate zone rating of 36.6 and has compiled 49 defensive runs saved at second base.
The Blue Jays have a need for a backup middle infielder and Barney will certainly fit the bill, although it is possible they will make other moves to add competition. Ryan Goins figures to the starter at second after he hit .284 with three home runs in the final two months of the regular season. However, Toronto still has Devon Travis who out together a great first half before he went down with an injury.