As expected, the Oakland Athletics made some personnel moves on Wednesday.
Outfielder Josh Reddick was put on the 15-day DL with an ongoing wrist issue. Replacing him on the 25-man roster will be Daric Barton, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento (where he was doing quite well offensively).
The A’s released pitcher Jordan Norberto to make room on the 40-man roster.
The situation regarding Norberto is unfortunate — he showed a lot of promise during his 39 appearances in the 2012 season, but a number of arm injuries seem to have derailed him from any chance of making it back to the big-league team.
It’s expected that with Reddick on the DL (joining fellow outfielders Coco Crisp and Chris Young), Brandon Moss will shift into the outfield and Barton, a more capable defender, will take over first base for the time being.
Here’s hoping Barton actually makes good on his supposed revamped hitting stroke, as he’s been underwhelming at the major-league level far too often. He always seemed to have a lot of promise with the bat, but save for a good 2010 season that found him drawing an AL-best 110 walks and hitting .276, he hasn’t performed well enough to stick around.
Now that the A’s have four capable first basemen on the 25-man roster (Barton, Moss, Nate Freiman and maybe even Luke Montz), do these moves signify that someone’s time with Oakland is done? It’s unclear, but it definitely doesn’t seem necessary to have four 1B-types on the roster at the same time … except, perhaps, considering how frequently the A’s have used the disabled list lately.