A's agree to terms with Barton, Powell and Rosales

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with catcher Landon Powell and infielders Daric Barton and Adam Rosales on one-year contracts, the club announced today.  The A’s also tendered contracts to all unsigned players on the 40-man roster, including their six remaining arbitration-eligible players: Andrew Bailey, Dallas Braden, Joey Devine, Gio Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy and Ryan Sweeney.

Barton was the A’s Opening Day starter at first base in 2011, but was hitting .212 with no home runs and 21 RBIs in 67 games when he was optioned to Sacramento on June 22.  His batting average, on-base percentage (.325) and slugging percentage (.267) were all career lows.  The 26-year-old also hit .197 with four RBIs in 17 games with the River Cats before going on the disabled list July 17 with a strained shoulder.  Barton underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on Aug. 12.

Powell spent nearly the entire 2011 season with Oakland but appeared in just 36 games as the back-up to catcher Kurt Suzuki, batting .171 with a home run and four RBIs.  He also hit .283 with a home run and five RBIs in 12 games with Sacramento from Aug. 22 to Sept. 9.  The 29-year-old Powell has appeared in 123 games over the last three years with Oakland and has been on the active roster for all but seven weeks.

Rosales began the 2011 season on the 60-day disabled list, recovering from a fractured right foot.  He was reinstated June 6, but was never able to get on track offensively, hitting .098 in 24 games over three stints with Oakland.  The 28-year-old also batted .265 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 40 games with Sacramento.