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Dodgers trade Darwin Barney to Blue Jays for PTBNL or cash

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Sunday morning traded minor league infielder Darwin Barney to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced.

Barney was on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster in 2015 but only appeared in two games, starting once at shortstop. He was 0-for-4 on the year for the major league team, but kept around as relatively expensive depth, earning $2.525 million while spending most of the season at Triple-A.

He was sort of the outfield version of Chris Heisey, who also spent most of the year in the minors while earning an arbitration-fueled salary over $2 million. Heisey also has a Toronto connection, released by the Dodgers in August but reacquired on Aug. 31 for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Barney, 29, hit .277/.325/.354 with 15 doubles in 96 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 2012 National League Gold Glove winner at second base played all over the infield in Triple-A, starting 57 games at second, 17 times at shortstop and 13 games at third base. Barney was designated for assignment on June 12, removed from the 40-man roster, and sent outright to the minors a few days later.

The Blue Jays needed infield depth with Troy Tulowitzki out a few weeks, and called Barney up to the major league roster. With 22 days left in the regular season, the Blue Jays are responsible for roughly $303,552 of Barney's salary. He will not be eligible for Toronto's postseason roster.