This morning, the A’s completed a trade for Kyle Blanks from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor leaguer Jake Goebbert and a player to be named later. To make room for Blanks on the big-league roster, the Athletics have designated Daric Barton for assignment.
Earlier this week, we speculated about the Blanks trade possibility. Today, it became a reality and Daric Barton is the odd-man out on the roster. Being designated does not mean he is no longer in the organization–yet. First, he is to be placed on waivers, where he has been before. Every team will get a shot to claim Daric Barton as their own, but much like before, Barton is expected to clear waivers and remain in the organization.
Some may speculate that Barton may refuse his assignment to Triple-A and be lost to the team. He has had the opportunity to do this before, and hasn’t. Added to this, Daric Barton just hasn’t played that well this season, so taking his chance on the open market may not be wise. It could instead be the end of his career.
Daric Barton has been with the club since 2004, making his ML-Debut with the A’s in 2008. Once, he was thought to be a big-slugger, and the key to the Mark Mulder trade. That power never came, but his defensive prowess kept him in Oakland. This season, his defense has been lacking, and Barton has made a handful of base running mistakes, leading to limited playing time.
I wish Daric Barton very well, and hope that he does find his way to the bigs again, with another team. I would hate for this to be his entire career. At the very least, that guy can stretch.
With room made, Blanks is set to join the Athletics in Cleveland on Friday night.