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Is Daric Barton a fit for the Mets?

May 18, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson AP

The Athletics designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment earlier today as the 27-year-old was carrying a sluggish .143 average through 23 plate appearances. On the other side of the country, the Mets have just about hit their tipping point with Ike Davis as D.J. Short pointed out earlier. Davis is hitting .156 with 46 strikeouts in 151 trips to the dish after today’s 0-for-4 performance against the Cubs. The Mets are considering demoting Davis, which would open up a spot at first base.

If the Mets do go through with a demotion, they will indeed take a look at Barton according to MetsBlog. While Barton isn’t much of a hitter himself, he does draw a lot of walks (he led the American League with 110 walks in 2010) and play above-average defense at first base, two important assets that Davis does not provide.

  1. baseballicious - May 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Never mind that…are the mets a good fit for Daric Barton? Or anyone else for that matter….

  2. sfm073 - May 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    I’m glad guys like this are no longer considered to be the cardinals top prospect.

    • tuberippin - May 19, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Dan Haren turned out pretty well in that same deal, though.

  3. tuberippin - May 19, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Daric Barton is James Loney without the average…which would be an upgrade for the Mets. At least Barton can flash the leather, can draw walks, and occasionally rap out some hits. Ike Davis has been playing like a worse version of Mike Jacobs, which is bad news for everyone involved.

  4. mazblast - May 19, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    What has Barton ever actually achieved?

    • abaird2012 - May 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Aren’t you paying attention? He drew a bunch of walks three years ago!

  5. sfm073 - May 19, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I liked Dan harren at the time and didn’t understand why people were only projecting him to be a middle of the rotation guy.

  6. dondada10 - May 19, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    All Sandy Alderson has done since he got to New York is bring in Oakland A’s and Padres’ sloppy seconds. No thanks.

    Play Duda at first and let Valdespin play outfield everyday. Or call up Flores and let him play first. Just no more of these retreads who aren’t going to be around when the Mets are competitive.

  7. bbk1000 - May 19, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    “play above-average defense at first base, two important assets that Davis does not provide.”

    What are you talking about??? Davis plays great defense. Man you have never seen him play yet you make a comment like this….

  8. bigjimatch - May 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Davis is brutal right now, but he plays above average defense and Barton does not draw THAT many more walks than Davis, and does not have the same power (which the mets need) to be considered and upgrade.

    • thebadguyswon - May 19, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      Exactly. Daric Barton sucks. Davis hit 32 homers just a year ago.

    • bbk1000 - May 22, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      yea…watch Davis in this last series…I take back my comment….Davis is killing the Mets, what a boneheaded play..

  9. chill1184 - May 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I rather roll the dice with either Lutz or Satin

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