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Is Daric Barton a fit for the Mets?

Ike Davis, Marvin Hudson

Home plate umpire Marvin Hudson calls out New York Mets’ Ike Davis on strikes in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Citi Field in New York. The Padres won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


The Athletics designated first baseman Daric Barton for assignment earlier today as the 27-year-old was carrying a sluggish .143 average through 23 plate appearances. On the other side of the country, the Mets have just about hit their tipping point with Ike Davis as D.J. Short pointed out earlier. Davis is hitting .156 with 46 strikeouts in 151 trips to the dish after today’s 0-for-4 performance against the Cubs. The Mets are considering demoting Davis, which would open up a spot at first base.

If the Mets do go through with a demotion, they will indeed take a look at Barton according to MetsBlog. While Barton isn’t much of a hitter himself, he does draw a lot of walks (he led the American League with 110 walks in 2010) and play above-average defense at first base, two important assets that Davis does not provide.