A’s designate Daric Barton for assignment

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To make room on the roster following today’s trade for Padres outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks the A’s have designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment.

Once upon a time Barton was an elite prospect whom the A’s acquired from the Cardinals along with Dan Haren in the Mark Mulder trade and he showed a lot of promise as a 24-year-old in 2010, drawing a league-high 110 walks on the way to posting a .393 on-base percentage.

However, in four seasons since then he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games and Barton’s numbers at Triple-A during that time haven’t been spectacular either. He can draw walks and play good defense, but at first base that isn’t enough to be a quality regular and there’s seemingly a good chance Barton will pass through waivers unclaimed.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.