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Barton could earn nearly $1.5 million if he has a strong 2013 season.
After experiencing a breakout season with the Oakland Athletics in 2010, Daric Barton has been unable to recapture the form that made so many think highly of him. Following two years of injuries and disappointments, the A's have decided to bring Barton back for one more year.
On Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Oakland had reached a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Barton. His base salary will be $1.1 million, and he can earn another $250K in incentives. Barton will likely have to show up to spring training and fight for a roster spot, with a potential bench job seemingly likely at this point.
Barton batted just .204 with a .630 OPS in 2012 over the course of 46 games last season. He spent half of the year in Triple-A and hit well, although he was unable to really translate that over to the big leagues. Over the course of his big league career, Barton has batted .249/.360/.371 with 27 home runs and 163 runs batted in.