Rotowire: Dec 16 / 1:46p ET
News: Barton signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training.
Impact: Barton led the American League in walks in 2010 (110), but he's appeared in just 180 over the past four seasons, batting just .215 over that span. He bottomed out in 2014 (.158/.234/.175), but his proven on-base skills earned him a spring training invite with Toronto, and the change of scenery could help him get back on track. That said, he'll face an uphill battle to break camp with a roster spot.
Rotowire: Oct 4 / 10:33a ET
News: Barton has elected free agency, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Impact: A first-round pick (28th overall) in 2003, Barton hit just .158 with one extra-base hit in 30 games with the A's this season. He was significantly better at Triple-A Sacramento (.261/.271/.411), and he's a .247/.356/.365 career hitter at the major league level, so the 29-year-old figures to at least receive a spring training invite from another club.