The Blue Jays trimmed their roster by two on Monday, SportsNet reported. The Jays released infielder Ramon Santiago . The 35-year-old Santiago was signed as a free agent in the offseason and hit .417 in spring training. The team also reassigned first baseman Daric Barton to its minor league camp. Barton signed as an offseason free agent and hit .250 this spring.
Blue Jays first baseman Daric Barton is hoping his glove can win him a spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Toronto Sun. Barton isn't much of a power hitter, but gets strong marks for his defense at first. Manager John Gibbons is well aware of Barton's skills. "One thing that put Daric on the map was that he was such a disciplined hitter and a great defender," Gibbons said. He added that the first baseman is involved in a large chunk of plays, so defense at the position is probably more important than people realize. With that said, Barton may need a trade to make the opening day roster. As currently constructed, the Blue Jays may carry three catchers. If the team retains Dioner Navarro, Barton could find himself in the minors. The 29-year-old Barton hit .158 over 57 at-bats last year.
The Blue Jays have signed free agent first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Barton spent the last eight seasons as a member of the Athletics organization, posting a career .247 average with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. He hit just .158 in 2014 with five RBI.
First baseman Daric Barton has chosen to become a free agent. He went 9 for 57 in 30 games with the A's in 2014.
Athletics first baseman Daric Barton has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Sacramento after being outrighted off the 40-man roster, MLBDailyDish.com reports. Barton could have elected free agency rather than head to Sacramento, but he'll stick with the Oakland organization. He hit .158/.234/.175 in 57 at-bats with the A's before the move.