Barton DFA’d; Young Back
Chris Young was activated off of the disabled list and to make room Daric Barton was designated for assignment yet again. I was a bit surprised this happened as it isn’t like Luke Montz has been performing and optioning him (I believe he has options) doesn’t seem as if it would have been too problematic. But the truth is, as it has been for a while, Barton simply was not producing. On the year Barton has hit .143/.217/.286 his usual saving grace of drawing walks at just 4.3% in an admittedly light 23 plate appearances while his K% was a sky high 30.4%. Barton did nothing with the opportunity the A’s gave him and has fully earned his second DFA with a -0.1 WAR. The question remains however will he be able to clear waivers (maybe a better question is should we even care if he does)?
Though he has proven yet again, and more vehemently in my mind despite the small sample size, that he does not belong on an MLB roster, I think this time, with it being later in the year with clubs seeing injuries mount that he gets plucked by some 0ther team hoping a change of scenery will return him to 2010 form. So I think now we can finally say so long to Barton.
Young’s return from the disabled list truly helps out Oakland. It allows Brandon Moss to move to first base and Young to slot in at right field regularly as we await Josh Reddick‘s return. That makes the A’s far better than they’ve been in recent days offensively. In 104 plate appearances Young has scuffled hitting .169/.279/.382 but I am hoping the .167 BABIP can take a lot of the blame for that slow start as Young should be a more accomplished hitter than that.