Barton Up; Reddick DL’d; Noberto Out
The A’s will call up Daric Barton as they place Josh Reddick on the disabled list with a wrist injury stemming from his colliding with a wall in Houston the first weekend of the season. Reddick’s injury clearly was more serious than initially thought, first off because here it is putting him on the DL a month later, and furthermore because let’s take a quick look at his production (or lack thereof) this young season: .152/.266/.250 with a .240 wOBA and 48 wRC+ in 109 trips to the plate with just one home run making him worth -0.1 WAR on the year. This of course is a far cry from the guy who last year hit .242/.305/.463 with 32 dingers a .326 wOBA and 108 wRC+ to go with his 4.5 WAR.
Curiously, the A’s and Billy Beane call up Barton who needed to be added to the 40-man roster, proving that their love affair with the high walk, no power first baseman may not yet be over. Barton after being DFA’d had spent the season in Sacramento and there he hit .287/.422/.465 with three home runs in 128 trips to the plate. He also featured an 18.8% walk rate, a .402 wOBA and 137 wRC+ so here is hoping he has turned the corner (again). Brandon Moss will be moved to outfield duties, dramatically improving the quality of the infield, but probably dramatically decreasing the defensive quality of the outfield. Unfortunate that these outfield injuries happened when they did because I’d much rather see Casper Wells than Michael Taylor.
Surprisingly to make the addition to the 40-man roster the A’s rid themselves of lefty Jordan Norberto. That move was surprising, again Jesse Chavez lives to see another day. Norberto is presently on the MiLB disabled list and his injury, never good news for a pitcher is an elbow strain. The injury has limited his time with the club as he has thrown just one and a third miserable innings across three outings for the River Cats sporting a 40.50 ERA and 12.95 FIP as he has walked seven and struck out four among the 16 batters he has faced. Norberto came to the A’s at the 2011 deadline in the deal that sent Brad Ziegler to Phoenix in return for Norberto and Brandon Allen. Norberto’s achilles heel has always been his lack of control (5.8 BB/9 in his career) but last year was a good season for him in the A’s bullpen as he put together 52 innings with 8.0 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9 for a 2.77 ERA and 3.90 FIP. In his career his ERA is an even 4.00 and his FIP is a decidedly higher 4.78 for a career total -0.1 WAR.
A’s assistant-GM David Forst says that the A’s are open to re-signing Norberto on an MiLB deal which explains technically at least, why he was released as he could not be designated for assignment or put on waivers being on the disabled list.