Once upon a time Daric Barton was a stud prospect who was swapped (with Dan Haren) for an in-his-prime Mark Mulder and not so long ago he led the league in walks as a 24-year-old, drawing 110 free passes on the way to hitting .273 with a .393 on-base percentage in 2010.
And today he passed through waivers unclaimed by 29 teams after the A’s designated him for assignment earlier this week, so he’ll head to Triple-A.
Barton has been injured and ineffective since that strong 2010 season, hitting just .209 with one homer and a .604 OPS in 113 games for the A’s. He also never had much power to begin with, which makes things tough for a first baseman, but Barton is still just 27 years old and it’s a little surprising some team didn’t take a flier on him given all the random replacement-level talent that’s constantly being plucked off the waiver wire.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.