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A’s designate Daric Barton for assignment

May 15, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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To make room on the roster following today’s trade for Padres outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks the A’s have designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment.

Once upon a time Barton was an elite prospect whom the A’s acquired from the Cardinals along with Dan Haren in the Mark Mulder trade and he showed a lot of promise as a 24-year-old in 2010, drawing a league-high 110 walks on the way to posting a .393 on-base percentage.

However, in four seasons since then he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games and Barton’s numbers at Triple-A during that time haven’t been spectacular either. He can draw walks and play good defense, but at first base that isn’t enough to be a quality regular and there’s seemingly a good chance Barton will pass through waivers unclaimed.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 15, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Daric may as well start practicing his Japanese


  2. straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Good riddance. Billy Beane has an unhealthy obsession with this guy and Josh Reddick while letting Michael Taylor rot his prime away in triple-a. #FreeMichaelTaylor

    • jerze2387 - May 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      i would have had a comment on this suspicion before i realized i had him mixed up with the OTHER billy beane about 3 months ago…

      • clydeserra - May 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        please stop.

    • scatterbrian - May 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Please. Not defending Barton (who has been an average player in his career), but Taylor is 28 and in his FIFTH season at AAA, where he has never set the world on fire. Neither is an answer, and neither belong on a championship-caliber team.

      • straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        He’s never been given a fair shot because everytime a spot opens up, Beane opts for Barton over Taylor. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different result. Barton is who he is. None of us know how Taylor would fare in the major league.

      • scatterbrian - May 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Barton is LH and plays 1B. Taylor is RH and plays RF.

        There was a lot more going on than simply picking one over the other.

    • hcf95688 - May 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Taylor sucks just as bad as Barton.

  3. digg2000 - May 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Somebody PLEASE claim this guy! PLEASE! Get him out of here.

  4. hcf95688 - May 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    As a loyal A’s fan I say don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

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