Sep 17, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton (10) connects at the plate during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics, Daric Barton Agree To 1-Year Deal, Avoid Arbitration; Claim Chris Gimenez


The Oakland Athletics agreed Friday to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with first baseman Daric Barton, avoiding salary arbitration.

According to CSNBayArea.com, salary figures were not released.

Barton is currently the longest-tenured member of the A’s organization, having been acquired by Oakland as part of the trade that sent Mark Mulder to the St. Louis Cardinals in December 2004.

Barton had two stints with the A’s last year, hitting .269/.350/.375 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 120 plate appearances. In his career, he is a .250/.360/.372 hitter with 30 home runs in 2,021 plate appearances in parts of seven seasons.

He was Oakland’s regular first baseman in both 2008 and 2010, leading the American League with 110 walks in 2010.

Barton was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in two games against Detroit in the American League Division Series.

He spent most of last season at Triple-A Sacramento, where he hit .297/.423/.430 in 488 plate appearances, with seven homers and 69 RBI.

Because the deal is not guaranteed, the A’s would not be liable to pay Barton’s full salary should be not make the team.

According to the report, seven Oakland players could still end up in arbitration, including closer Jim Johnson, relievers Luke Gregerson and Jesse Chavez, catcher John Jaso, first baseman Brandon Moss, right fielder Josh Reddick and shortstop Jed Lowrie.

The Athletics also released Pedro Figueroa, a reliever, to make a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Chris Gimenez, who was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Gimenez, 30, appeared in only four games for Tampa Bay last season, going 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. In parts of five seasons with Cleveland, Seattle and the Rays, he is a career .199/.292/.293 hitter in 380 plate appearances, with six home runs and 30 RBI.

Gimenez hit .224/.350/.305 with three homers and 22 RBI in 375 plate appearances at Triple-A Durham. He was a 19th round pick of the Indians in 2004 out of the University of Nevada and made his big-league debut in June 2009 with Cleveland. He is originally from Gilroy.

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