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Daric Barton clears waivers, stays with A’s at Triple-A

May 17, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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A’s first baseman Daric Barton passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment and has decided to remain in the organization at Triple-A rather than become a free agent.

This is actually the third time Barton has gone unclaimed on waivers after being dropped from the A’s 40-man roster and it’ll be the eighth different season in which he’s spent at least some time at Triple-A Sacramento.

Barton was once considered among the elite hitting prospects in baseball before being traded from the Cardinals to the A’s along with Dan Haren for Mark Mulder, but he’s hit just .247 with a .721 OPS in the majors and has really struggled since a nice 2010 season as a 24-year-old.

  1. digg2000 - May 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Time to just let this guy go.

    • jerze2387 - May 17, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Theyre trying, but nobody wants to claim him apparently.

  2. tablescrappy - May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    I wish they knew that they’re allowed to release him.

  3. straightouttavtown - May 17, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Of course he would stay with the A’s. It’s his only chance of making it back to the bigs. Billy Beane is infatuated with the guy and call him up everytime a spot opens up either due to trade or injuries. If not for Beane, Barton would be playing for the Long Island Ducks or the Mexican League.

    • straightouttavtown - May 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      He’s not any better than Matt LaPorta, Mike Jacobs, Randy Ruiz, Jake Fox, Victor Diaz, Josh Whitesell, John Bowker, and Fred Lewis.

      • jerze2387 - May 17, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        At least Jake Fox can play more than 1 position and has a little power.

  4. hcf95688 - May 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    most disliked player in franchise history.

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