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2015 Dodgers review: Darwin Barney

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A look back at the 2015 season of defensive stalwart Darwin Barney, who opened the season with the Dodgers then spent five months with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

What went right

Barney made the Dodgers' opening day roster, though he only played in two games, including one start, for the big league club.

His one start was at shortstop on Apr. 13, the third consecutive season for the longtime second baseman starting exactly one major league game at shortstop.

Barney was essentially the Chris Heisey of the infield, as relatively expensive major-league-ready depth that could be stashed in the minors until needed. But after April, that call never came.

He played second base, third base and shortstop for Triple-A Oklahoma City, and hit .277/.325/.354 with 15 doubles and four home runs in 96 games.

What went wrong

Since 2000, Barney is one of just eight Dodgers with at least four at-bats in a season with zero hits.

Barney was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on June 12, but remained in Oklahoma City through the end of their minor league season. He was traded to the Blue Jays on Sept. 13, with the Dodgers receiving minor league catcher Jack Murphy in return.

2015 particulars

Age: 29

Stats: 0-for-4 in two games with Dodgers, including one start.

Salary: $2.525 million, with the Dodgers responsible for all but roughly $300,000.

Game of the year

April 13 was Barney's only start of the year for the Dodgers, and he played shortstop for seven innings in a 6-5 win over the Mariners.

Roster status

Barney was sent outright by the Blue Jays to Triple-A Buffalo on Oct. 21, and he elected free agency one day later.