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Hit .268 last year, with 2 HRs, 2 Triples, 9 Doubles, and 13 RBI in 82 games last year for the Cards. Had a solid OBP, but his slugging left a lot to be desired. Don't know if he'll be with the big club or not (my guess is not), but he's a solid right-handed bat to have off the bench. About it.

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The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals announced a two-player trade today, as the Braves acquired outfielder Brian Barton in exchange for right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer. Barton will be assigned to Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate.

Barton, who turns 27 on Saturday (April 25), is in his fifth professional season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder made his Major League debut in 2008 after he was selected by the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2007.

Last season, Barton played 82 games for the Cardinals and batted .268 (41-for-153), with 13 extra-base hits, including two home runs. He hit .289 (11-for-38) with one home run as a pinch hitter, while the Cardinals went 17-13 in games that he was in the starting lineup. Barton had two stints on the disabled list, with a fractured right wrist (July 6-August 14) and a right oblique strain (August 25-Sept. 9).

Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, Barton attended the University of Miami, where he tied for the team lead in batting average and was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team as a junior. Barton resides in Los Angeles, Calif., and needs one more semester to complete his degree in aerospace engineering. He has completed internships with Boeing and NASA.

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The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals announced a two-player trade today, as the Braves acquired outfielder Brian Barton in exchange for right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer. Barton will be assigned to Atlanta's Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate.

Barton, who turns 27 on Saturday (April 25), is in his fifth professional season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder made his Major League debut in 2008 after he was selected by the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2007.

Last season, Barton played 82 games for the Cardinals and batted .268 (41-for-153), with 13 extra-base hits, including two home runs. He hit .289 (11-for-38) with one home run as a pinch hitter, while the Cardinals went 17-13 in games that he was in the starting lineup. Barton had two stints on the disabled list, with a fractured right wrist (July 6-August 14) and a right oblique strain (August 25-Sept. 9).

Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, Barton attended the University of Miami, where he tied for the team lead in batting average and was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team as a junior. Barton resides in Los Angeles, Calif., and needs one more semester to complete his degree in aerospace engineering. He has completed internships with Boeing and NASA.

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Heres what some of the Cards fans are saying about the trade

Last year he allowed 37 ER in 72 IP. He is a terrible pitcher. BUT, other than last year he has had relatively no major league experience, (40 innings or so), so he has much room for progress still, and is still relatively young. Hopefully Duncan can work his magic.
I don't see how we helped ourselves any on this one. Over his last 25 appearances, he's got an ERA over 14......Just more gasoline for the open fire that we call a bullpen.
seems like a long way to come only to make this sort of trade.

I'd rather see Barton go in a package deal to get a proven arm.

Sounds like another gas can for the BP. This guy isn't very good. Odd trade.
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I'm assuming since he was picked up in the Rule 5 draft in 12/07 he has met all the requirements for the Rule 5 draft. I did make a topic regarding the Rule 5 Draft, on 2nd page, because their are some rules that teams have to follow. here is one which should have been met all ready and he can be sent to the minors.

If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team's 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft--he may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee. If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team's 25-man roster, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment.

To prevent the abuse of the Rule 5 draft, the rule also states that the draftee must be active for at least 90 days. This keeps teams from drafting players, then placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. For example, if a Rule 5 draftee was only active for 67 days in his first season with his new club, he must be active for an additional 23 games in his second season to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.

Any player chosen in the Rule 5 draft may be traded to any team while under the Rule 5 restrictions, but the restrictions transfer to the new team. If the new team does not want to keep the player on its 25-man roster for the season, he must be offered back to the team of which he was a member when chosen in the draft.

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