Winds of Change Blowing as Non-Tender Day Arrives?
This weekend, which was supposed to be a weekend of being thankful for what you have, I noticed something. I noticed that the society we live in these days is a fickle one. It’s riddled with discontentment and complaints over what we have, coupled with excessive whining over what we don’t have. We live in a world that is quick to dismiss what they have as soon as something goes awry. Take Saturday and Sunday for example. If you missed it, Nick Saban made a call to go for a really long field goal to win the game against Auburn, only to see that decision blow up in his face as the attempt fell short and was returned for a game winning return for the ages. Sunday, the Bears had a chance to win the game in overtime and elected to kick a field goal on 2nd down instead of continuing to push closer to the prize. The field goal missed and the Bears lost. Immediately following both losses, I took to Twitter to see what the masses had to say. In both cases, people we calling for both coaches job, which is absurd.
Monday is an important day for the roster as the Cubs need to determine the fate of a lot of players by tendering them a contract or parting ways with them. The Cub Reporter had a nice piece talking more about the process and I would encourage you to read it. That post got me thinking about a player in particular and whether or not the Cubs should call for his job.
Darwin Barney is coming off his worst season, which was coming off his best season. If we subscribe to the what have you done for me lately school of thought, the logical conclusion would be to non-tender him or try to move him. While the Cubs still may try to move him, I don’t think he’ll be a non-tender casualty tomorrow. But should he? We’ve talked about it before, but to remind you, in 2013, Barney posted a -0.5 WAR. Some will argue that his defense makes up for his offensive shortcomings, but this number indicates that it doesn’t. His defense doesn’t even get him to replacement level, let alone serviceable starter. I want to be patient and trust that he’ll rebound, but I fear the rumors that the Tigers were interested in his services for the stretch run in 2012 may never come back and he’ll end up being the player we saw last year.