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A’s place first baseman Daric Barton on disabled list

Apr 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Daric Barton isn’t sufficiently recovered from September shoulder surgery, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list while the A’s go with Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue at first base.

Barton was once firmly established as Oakland’s long-term first baseman and had an underrated, All-Star caliber season in 2010 with a .393 on-base percentage and league-leading 110 walks, but he hit just .212 in 67 games last season before going under the knife and is now a big question mark.

Manager Bob Melvin told Jane Lee of MLB.com that Barton needs to build up his arm strength and prove that he can play multiple games in a row before coming off the disabled list is an option, but backdating the stint to their trip to Japan means he’s eligible to return as soon as Sunday.

  1. scatterbrian - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    That .393 OBP in 2010 was nice, but he only slugged .405, tenth among qualified AL 1Bs that season.

    • ptfu - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      In 2010, Daric Barton had the third-highest WAR among AL first basemen, according to fangraphs. His OBP and defense elevated him above sluggers like Youkilis, Konerko and Teixeira. Both fangraphs and baseball-reference give Barton about 1 WAR just for defense that year. There’s more than one way to provide good production. If you’re going to slam Barton for a low slugging %, pick a year in which he didn’t do enough else to make up for it.

      • scatterbrian - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        Yes, I am fully aware of his fWAR that season. I’m just not a fan of single-season UZR, which is what helped prop up Barton’s WAR.

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