For the second time in a month Daric Barton was placed on waivers by the A’s and passed through without being claimed by any of the other 29 teams.
Our own Bill Baer wondered over the weekend if Barton could be a fit for the Mets or other teams getting little production from first base, but instead he’ll remain with the A’s at Triple-A after a brief call-up in which he went 3-for-21 with a homer.
Barton was once a stud prospect who cracked Baseball America‘s top 100 in four straight years and he led the league in walks while posting a .393 on-base percentage for the A’s as a 24-year-old in 2010, but he’s hit just .203 in 121 games since then and his lack of power is a major issue if he’s not getting on base at a great rate. Still, at age 27 and considering all the drek on 40-man rosters across MLB he seems worthy of a flier.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.