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A’s release Jordan Norberto, bring back Daric Barton

May 8, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

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Jordan Norberto had a 2.77 ERA and 46/22 K/BB ratio in 52 innings out of Oakland’s bullpen last season, but he failed to crack the Opening Day roster this year and today the A’s released him.

The move cleared room on the 40-man roster for first baseman Daric Barton, who’s rejoining the A’s after previously being designated for assignment and passing through waivers unclaimed last week. He’s getting another opportunity because of injuries to Coco Crisp, Chris Young, and Josh Reddick.

Releasing a 26-year-old reliever with just one season of service time coming off a very useful year is unusual, but Norberto has been limited to just three appearances in the minors because of elbow problems and the A’s clearly think they have plenty of bullpen depth.

  1. APBA Guy - May 8, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    The A’s will use Barton at first and Moss will see more OF time with Reddick on the DL. My guess is the Rays look at Norberto. Their pen has cost them two straight.

    • jkaflagg - May 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Good call on Norberto to the Rays, who seem to specialize in reliever rehab……even if they have to wait a while if he is injured.

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