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.