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Jocketty's hand is back in the Cardinals cookie jar

in his seemingly never ending quest to sign any player that ever wore the Birds on the Bat, former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty has inked outfielder Brian Barton to a minor league deal.

Barton, who played 82 games for the Redbirds in 2008 with a .268 batting average before being dealt to Atlanta for reliever Blaine Boyer, will serve as outfield depth -- likely in the minors -- for Cinicinnati.

He's had one game played in the majors since the Cardinals let him go -- a 2009 appearance for the Braves in which he didn't get an at bat. Released by the Atlanta after toiling in the minors for the balance of that season, Barton was signed by the Dodgers. But he was released at the end of spring training and wasn't seen at the big league level for the rest of 2010.

Barton's a speedy outfielder with surprising powere. But he's a crummy outfielder with an incredibly poor arm. Factor in balky knees and the fact that he'll be 29 in April and he's a risky proposition as a prospect.

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