The 26-year-old Barney, who is not arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season, is hitting .262/.307/.369 with three home runs in his third big league season with the Cubs.
While several rumors have emerged that the Tigers are interested in adding pitching depth, namely Matt Garza, this is the first real signal that Detroit is actively pursuing a solution to their offensive issues at second base.
The Tigers have received nothing short of terrible production from their second basemen this season. Led by Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth, their fleet of second basemen have combined to hit .198/.272/.266 with just two home runs on the year.
If not Barney, what other second baseman should the Tigers pursue?