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No teams wanted Daric Barton, so he’ll stay with the A’s

Apr 4, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Once upon a time Daric Barton was a stud prospect who was swapped (with Dan Haren) for an in-his-prime Mark Mulder and not so long ago he led the league in walks as a 24-year-old, drawing 110 free passes on the way to hitting .273 with a .393 on-base percentage in 2010.

And today he passed through waivers unclaimed by 29 teams after the A’s designated him for assignment earlier this week, so he’ll head to Triple-A.

Barton has been injured and ineffective since that strong 2010 season, hitting just .209 with one homer and a .604 OPS in 113 games for the A’s. He also never had much power to begin with, which makes things tough for a first baseman, but Barton is still just 27 years old and it’s a little surprising some team didn’t take a flier on him given all the random replacement-level talent that’s constantly being plucked off the waiver wire.

  1. sfm073 - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    What good is a first basemen that can’t drive in runs, no matter how often he gets on base.

  2. carbydrash - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    “Once upon a time Daric Barton was a stud prospect who was swapped for an in-his-prime Mark Mulder and not so long ago”

    There needs to be a slight correction to this, for the truth was so much more painful.

    “Once upon a time Daric Barton was a stud prospect who was swapped *along with Dan Haren* for an in-his-prime Mark Mulder and not so long ago”

    That one still stings.

    • APBA Guy - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Whereas his roster replacement, Nate Freiman, hits the ball really hard, especially against lefties, which makes him perfect in a platoon with Moss. Barton is insurance at AAA at this point.

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