Blue Jays sign Daric Barton

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One-time top prospect Daric Barton has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays.

Barton was acquired from the Cardinals in the Mark Mulder trade and looked like a long-term building block in Oakland when he led the league with 110 walks and got on base at a .393 clip in 2010 as a 24-year-old.

However, he’s hit just .216 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 180 games since then and wasn’t even particularly good at Triple-A this year. Barton is still only 28 years old, but he’s organizational depth until proven otherwise at this point.