I could also be misremembering. I just thought I remember hearing about how poor he was playing at third this year when the Tigers were rumored to be talking about trading for Aramis Ramirez.
I could be misremembering, but I thought Inge was an all-universe defender.
Except that Barney plays pretty good defense, and he hits about 40 or so points higher than Inge. As a matter of fact, Inge is a complete suck hole of a player, Barney has some value to the team, just not as much as some fans think.
He's the Cubs version of Brandon Inge
Yeah, batting .188 will do that for you. They wound up trading for Wilson Betemit but Inge was so superior defensively he wound up being the starter in the playoffs despite hitting 100 or so points lower. He's been a good fielder (better than Barney will ever be) and has a really good arm. He came up as a catcher got moved into a utility role and then settled in at 3rd when Cabrera was too fat and drunk to play 3rd.