Report: Barton, A's agree on one-year deal

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Report: Barton, A's agree on one-year deal

OAKLAND -- No player elicits a stronger reaction amongst the A's fan base than Daric Barton. So the San Francisco Chronicle's report that he has signed a one-year deal in advance of Major League Baseball's deadline to tender contracts naturally set the A's-osphere abuzz. Barton, 27, was under team control and eligible for arbitration. While he was considered a possible non-tender candidate, his potential return shouldn't come as much of a surprise. The A's have shown a lot of faith in the young first baseman throughout the years, and he might not see the sum of that one-year deal if he doesn't earn a job this spring because the contract is not guaranteed money. In a sense, it is Barton's final opportunity to try and recapture a job with the A's, live up to the hype he had as a top prospect, and back up the success he had in his 2010 season. During the A's stretch run, Barton was used primarily as a defensive replacement at first base. He didn't make the A's playoff roster. With Chris Carter and Brandon Moss at first base, it will be tough for Barton to crack the roster and earn the reported 1.1 million dollars he signed for. So, in short, the move isn't worth the wide-spread panic or criticism it netted online. In 2010, Barton led the American League with 110 walks, hit 10 home runs, and had 57 RBIs. Since then, he has 79 walks, one homer, and 27 RBIs. Barton has received ample opportunity to once again find his way in Green and Gold. Part of the vitriol the A's fans have for him is because he was given more chances than most; this might be his last. The A's have already signed pitcher Pat Neshek to a one-year contract, and after the Barton news becomes official Oakland will have five more players that are arbitration eligible. Those players all need to be tendered a contract by midnight Eastern time tonight. Jerry Blevins, George Kottaras, Brandon Moss, Adam Rosales, and Seth Smith are the remaining players.

Oakland also announced that pitcher Jim Miller has been claimed on waivers by the New York Yankees. Miller was designated for assignment on Nov. 20. The right-handed pitcher was 2-1 with a 2.59 ERA in four stints with the A's in 2012. Miller and Brandon Moss were the two most talkative guys in the A's clubhouse last season. Their clubhouse stalls were next to each other and it was hard to talk to one of the two without the other chiming in. Together they provided lots of entertaining exchanges.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

BOX SCORE

Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP