Earlier this afternoon, the A’s announced they had designated 1B Daric Barton for assignment.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets have not yet discussed the possibility of signing Barton.
However, according to Sherman, the Mets will look into such a possibility should they demote Ike Davis to the minor leagues.
Michael Baron, ContributorBarton isn’t very good, but neither is Rick Ankiel and they signed him earlier this week – these are the kinds of players who are typically available this time of year.
Barton has spent a good amount of time injured or in the minor leagues over the last couple of years – he hasn’t spent a full season in the big leagues since 2010. He led the league in walks that year with 110; he’s always been a guy who gets on-base even though he’s struggled a lot in recent seasons. He’s a left-handed hitter who doesn’t hit for much power and doesn’t possess any speed, and so he shouldn’t be viewed as a long-term solution should the Mets demote Ike. But, Barton is a decent first baseman with big league experience – two things they don’t currently have to turn to from within if they send Ike out – and so I would not be opposed to seeing if a change of scenery might benefit Barton. If it didn’t work out or if the Mets were to turn back to Ike in this scenario, the Mets would not have much invested in Barton at that point, anyway.
Statistics and information on Daric Barton...
Stats: Barton hit .143 with a .217 OBP and .503 OPS, one home run and three RBI in 23 big league plate appearances before being cut loose by the A’s – he hit .287 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 29 games at Triple-A Sacramento this season.
He is a career .248 hitter with a .359 OBP and .729 OPS, 28 home runs and 166 RBI in 1924 plate appearances over 492 games in seven years with the A’s.
Contract: Barton, 27, signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract to avoid arbitration this past winter. He was ‘Super Two’ eligible last year, meaning he has two more years of arbitration left.