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Daric Barton passed through waivers unclaimed … again

May 21, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

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For the second time in a month Daric Barton was placed on waivers by the A’s and passed through without being claimed by any of the other 29 teams.

Our own Bill Baer wondered over the weekend if Barton could be a fit for the Mets or other teams getting little production from first base, but instead he’ll remain with the A’s at Triple-A after a brief call-up in which he went 3-for-21 with a homer.

Barton was once a stud prospect who cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 in four straight years and he led the league in walks while posting a .393 on-base percentage for the A’s as a 24-year-old in 2010, but he’s hit just .203 in 121 games since then and his lack of power is a major issue if he’s not getting on base at a great rate. Still, at age 27 and considering all the drek on 40-man rosters across MLB he seems worthy of a flier.

  1. chacochicken - May 21, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I would think, given the catastrophe that is Ike Davis, or the completely unproductive group for the Brewers, Barton could at least get a look.

  2. randygnyc - May 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Everyone is waiting for overbay. But his price will be steep. Mat Harvey steep.

    • jerze2387 - May 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      yeah..i SERIOUSLY doubt that

  3. thebadguyswon - May 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Its because Daric Barton sucks. This is a non story.

  4. scatterbrian - May 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Barton’s making $1.1M this season, so the risk/reward might be a bit much for some teams.

  5. jkaflagg - May 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Sounds as though a Barton for Brett Wallace swap is in order…..

  6. jazynaz - May 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    i don’t know or understand how many times a player can go up and down from AAA to the majors, but barton has gone back and forth more than i thought possible or have ever heard of. every time he comes back to the a’s the question is raised, why do the they continue to retain barton. the a’s need to invest in a decent, dependable 1st baseman who is good enough to stay with the team. does BB have a man crush on barton, or what?

    • Detroit Michael - May 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      The Athletics continue to retain Barton because he put up an OBP of nearly .400 in 159 games in 2010. That buys one a long leash.

    • jerze2387 - May 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Youve got the wrong Billy Bean(e) for that scenerio

  7. APBA Guy - May 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    It’s not that the A’s have a man-crush on Barton, its the reality that they are thin in the OF, and with Reddick hurt, their back-up after Smith/Young is Moss, who is the normal 1B. If Moss has to play OF, Barton plays 1B, which he plays well. So in addition to his OBP from 2010, he is also a credible defender.

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