Is Daric Barton a fit for the Mets?

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The Athletics designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment earlier today as the 27-year-old was carrying a sluggish .143 average through 23 plate appearances. On the other side of the country, the Mets have just about hit their tipping point with Ike Davis as D.J. Short pointed out earlier. Davis is hitting .156 with 46 strikeouts in 151 trips to the dish after today’s 0-for-4 performance against the Cubs. The Mets are considering demoting Davis, which would open up a spot at first base.

If the Mets do go through with a demotion, they will indeed take a look at Barton according to MetsBlog. While Barton isn’t much of a hitter himself, he does draw a lot of walks (he led the American League with 110 walks in 2010) and play above-average defense at first base, two important assets that Davis does not provide.

Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle could miss three weeks

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The Yankees announced a few minutes ago that reliever Tommy Kahnle has biceps and shoulder tendinitis. The prescription: no throwing for about 10 days. Manager Aaron Boone thinks Kahnle will miss about three weeks in total.

Kahnle was placed on the disabled list the other day following a series of subpar outings characterized by a drop in his fastball velocity. He’s allowed seven runs — five earned — on four hits and has issued eight walks in seven and a third innings. He’s clearly not the same guy he was last season when, following his trade to New York from Chicago, he put up a 2.70 ERA and struck out 12.2 batters per nine innings in 32 games.