With just over a week before the start of spring training, the Rangers make another signing with an invite to join the spring training fun in Surprise, Arizona.
Texas has signed veteran infielder Darwin Barney to a minor league contract. The 32-year old won a Gold Glove in 2012 while playing second base with the Chicago Cubs. Barney posting a National League-best .997 fielding percentage while playing 141 consecutive errorless games that season. Primary a second baseman during his time in the big leagues, he’s also made over 35 starts at both third base and shortstop.
Barney hit .232 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 129 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He’s a career .246 hitter in 814 games with the Blue Jays, Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Barney also played in three games against the Rangers while with the Blue Jays during the 2016 ALDS, going hitless in seven at-bats.
The Rangers now have 64 players on the club’s spring training roster- a full 40-man roster with 24 non-roster invitees. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14 in Surprise.