To update, Barton signed for $1.1 million plus incentives.
The A’s made some minor news today, agreeing to one-year contracts with first baseman Daric Barton, backup catcher Landon Powell and utility infielder Adam Rosales. They also tendered contracts to their six other players eligible for arbitration: Pitchers Andrew Bailey, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine, and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
Tonight was the deadline to tender contracts to arb-eligible players, so there are no non-tenders for the A’s this winter (you’ll remember Jack Cust was a notable non-tender each of the past two years. He became a free agent, though he re-signed with Oakland for the 2010 season).
Contract terms weren’t available for Barton, Powell or Rosales. The other six are now under team control, and the A’s will try to negotiate contracts with each of them. If they can’t agree, the sides will go to arbitration sometime in February to determine one-year salaries for those players. But the A’s usually have good success getting players signed and avoiding arbitration.
I’m not surprised by any of these decisions. Powell and Rosales seemed the most possible non-tender candidates, but Powell has been a solid backup catcher and Rosales can fill in at every infield spot when healthy. And neither player was going to be pricey. A’s officials had mentioned Barton as one of four players who will battle for the first base job (along with Brandon Allen, Chris Carter and Kila Ka’aihue), so I’m not surprised he was tendered.
Keep in mind that tendering contracts to Bailey and Gonzalez does nothing to change their status as serious trade candidates. All it means is that if they’re traded in the coming weeks, their new team will need to negotiate their salary or go to an arbitration hearing.