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Barney gets one-year deal with Cubs

Darwin Barney signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cubs on Thursday, avoiding arbitration.

The 28-year-old second baseman hit .208 last year with a .266 on-base percentage but was steady in the field with only four errors. Barney had filed for $2.8 million; the Cubs countered at $2.1 million.

The Cubs have all but one arbitration-eligible player in the fold and hope to come to an agreement with starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija before their scheduled hearing next week. Samardzija has filed for $6.2 million, while the Cubs countered at $4.4 million.

Schedule change: The Cubs announced a change in their 2014 schedule, moving a Sunday game in June to accommodate the Pride Parade.

The June 29 game against the Nationals will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader June 28, with starting times of 12:05 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The Pride Parade, scheduled for the afternoon of June 29, takes place a few blocks east of Wrigley Field. The change was in response to concerns about traffic and congestion. In a rarity, there will be no Sunday game that weekend.

The Cubs said in a news release the move was made "at the request" of Ald. Tom Tunney, a central figure in their long-running renovation battle with rooftop owners.

"For the residents who live here or anyone who has been in the neighborhood on Pride Day, they certainly know about the increased traffic and challenges with parking," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

"For the last several years, we've tried to be good neighbors. We're working on ways to alleviate traffic in the neighborhood."

The schedule came out last fall, and Green said the Cubs work with Major League Baseball on the schedule beforehand.

"The good news is this is early enough in the season to make the move," Green said. "(Individual) tickets are not on sale yet, so this is not a situation where you have sold a great number of tickets and have to look at what impact this might have by having it on a Saturday night."

Green said the decision had nothing to do with their discussions with the Wrigleyville Rooftop Owners Association over proposed signage.

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