A’s activate Daric Barton from disabled list, designate Brandon Allen for assignment

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Brandon Allen went from Opening Day first baseman to designated for assignment in the span of four games, as the A’s dropped him from the 40-man roster today to make room for Daric Barton’s return from the disabled list.

Now that he’s recovered from September shoulder surgery Barton figures to be Oakland’s primary first baseman and the A’s somewhat surprisingly decided to keep Kila Ka’aihue rather than Allen.

Allen is too old to be considered a prospect and high strikeout totals make him unlike to post good batting averages, but he’s hit .286 with 59 homers and a .959 OPS in 253 games at Triple-A.

Oakland has 10 days to either trade him or waive him, and Allen would seemingly be a worthwhile flier for a handful of teams.