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Daric Barton | First Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Blue Jays signed 1B Daric Barton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Barton appeared in just 30 games this past season with the A's, batting just .158/.234/.175 with zero homers and five RBI. He's a former first-round pick and highly-ranking first base prospect, but the ship has probably sailed for the 29-year-old. Dec 16 - 4:07 PM

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Daric Barton has elected free agency.

Still just 29-years-old, the former top prospect appeared in just 30 games with the Athletics in 2014, slashing a putrid .158/.234/.175 with five RBI. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs after spending the past nine seasons in the A's organization.
Oct 4 - 1:16 PM

Athletics sent 1B Daric Barton outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Barton was designated for assignment on Thursday and cleared waivers. He'll serve as organizational depth in the minor leagues, and should return to the A's at some point during the season.
May 17 - 2:08 PM

Athletics designated 1B Daric Barton for assignment.

Barton got the boot off the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for Kyle Blanks, who was acquired from the Padres for two minor leaguers. Barton owns a pedestrian .247 career batting average and .365 career slugging percentage, but he has a good OBP skillset and is a strong defender at first base. The 28-year-old should draw interest from other teams.
May 15 - 2:00 PM

Daric Barton will be the Athletics' regular first baseman against right-handed pitching.

John Jaso's concussion issues appear to be behind him, clearing the way for him to see the bulk of his playing time behind the plate. That opens up the designated hitter spot for Brandon Moss and first base for Barton. The 28-year-old offers a nice eye at the plate and a good glove at first but sports just a .223/.334/.298 batting line over the last three seasons.
Mar 24 - 11:35 PM

Daric Barton (hamstring) will return to the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran first baseman has been nursing a mild hamstring strain over the last week, but was able to make it through Thursday's workout without any problems.
Mar 15 - 11:40 AM

Daric Barton (hamstring) will return to Cactus League play on Saturday if he gets through a workout Thursday with no issues.

Barton has been nursing a mild hamstring strain since last Saturday. It's not a concern moving forward as long as he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 13 - 8:24 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Monday that Daric Barton (hamstring) will miss at least a few more days.

Barton left Saturday's Cactus League game due to a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring. There's no sense risking making things worse, so he'll rest for now.
Mar 10 - 12:41 PM

Daric Barton has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring.

Barton was removed prematurely from Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rockies when he fouled a ball off his foot. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 8 - 5:33 PM

Daric Barton was removed from Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rockies after just one inning after he fouled a ball off his foot.

He will likely head for a precautionary X-ray to rule out a potential fracture. The team should provide an update on his status shortly.
Mar 8 - 3:45 PM

Athletics avoided arbitration with 1B Daric Barton by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financials of the deal aren't yet known, but he should receive a modest raise over last year's $1.1 million salary. Barton batted .269/.350/.375 with three homers and 16 RBI in 104 at-bats last season for the A's.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Daric Barton will be tendered a contract by the A's.

Barton was a strong non-tender candidate after another disappointing season, but the 28-year-old first baseman is a good defender and shouldn't cost the A's too much money. He's arbitration-eligible for the second time after pulling in a $1.1 million salary in 2013.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Jane Lee of MLB.com believes that Daric Barton is a candidate to be non-tendered by the Athletics.

The 28-year-old is better known for his defensive chops than he is with the bat, but fared well in limited time this season, slashing .269/.350/.375 with three homers and 16 RBI in 104 at-bats. The problem is that the A's already have Brandon Moss, Nate Freiman and Seth Smith capable of playing first base, and may not be able to justify Barton's salary.
Source: MLB.com
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 10:28:00 PM

Daric Barton went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off Yu Darvish and a walk Wednesday against the Rangers.

The homer was Barton's second in 46 at-bats this season, which is one more than he had in 349 at-bats between 2011 and '12. The A's are perfectly willing to go with the hot hand at first base and DH right now, so the opportunity is there for Barton to make an impact. Still, he's a fringe AL-only property right now.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 06:55:00 PM

Inserted right into the starting lineup, Daric Barton went 2-for-5 with a couple of RBI against the Tigers on Monday.

The A's played Brandon Moss in right field to make room for Barton at first base. It looks like he'll get a little audition against right-handers, so maybe he'll be worth picking up in AL-only leagues.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 10:50:00 PM