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Rotowire: Feb 25 / 2:46p ET
News: Barton has a legitimate chance of earning a roster spot with the Blue Jays out of camp, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: A good defender at first base, Barton's presence on the roster would potentially lead to more time at DH for Edwin Encarnacion. This spring, Barton is competing for a roster spot with Justin Smoak and perhaps to a lesser extent Danny Valencia, but the right-handed hitting Valencia is viewed as a likely platoon option for the Jays against left-handed starters.
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.