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Done: Pads acquire Jason Bartlett for two youngish relievers

Dec 9, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Bartlett tags out Texas Rangers' Andrus as he attempted to steal in the sixth inning during their MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

UPDATE: This one’s done, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.  Despite reports of a “twist,” the only hold-up now is a routine physical for all three involved players.

WEDNESDAY: From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have landed shortstop Jason Bartlett from the Rays in exchange for two relievers — Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell.

The Rays are prepared to go with the slick-fielding Reid Brignac at shortstop next season and dealt from their surplus of middle infielders in order to tidy up a bullpen that had been ravaged by free agent departures.

Bartlett, 31, posted a poor .254/.324/.350 batting line this past season and probably won’t make much of an improvement while playing half of his games at the massive PETCO Park.  But he’s an upgrade over what the Padres trotted out in 2010 and he did register an 879 OPS in 2009 — just one year ago.

Ramos, 26, posted a 3.28 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 96 innings this year at Triple-A.  He has some starting experience but will almost certainly be used as a reliever in Tampa.  Russell, 27, registered a 1.21 WHIP over 12 relief appearances in 2010.

  1. b7p19 - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Wow, Jed’s been busy. If nothing else it’s been exciting for Pads fans.

  2. jamie54 - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Think you mean an upgrade over trotted out 2010. Interesting to see what these Padre pitchers do outside the cozy confines, don’t know the splits on these two although they were commendable not jewels by any means.

    • Drew Silva - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:32 PM

      Thanks.

  3. icanspeel - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Now the Pads just need a 2nd and 1st baseman. Hopefully with some more offensive help

    • mtner77 - Dec 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM

      That’s still better than us M’s up north, your inter-league “rivals”. We simply need a C, a 2B, a LF, and a middle of the rotation starter. Oh, and since we just signed Jack Cust (and have um, um, Milton Bradley) we STILL need a DH!

  4. flpunx - Dec 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    I know I have been in denial for the past 2 weeks about all of the changes Friedman and Sternberg promised were coming our way this offseason, but today is a tough day to be a Rays fan. Good thing all of our young stars show such promise!

    • Ick McWang - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:02 AM

      bartlett may be a fan favorite but since he hurt his knee this past season he wasn’t the same in the field, brignac had noticeably more range, which is what bartlett was supposed to provide to begin with.

      For the padres though, they get a sure handed, above average arm shortstop who can work a count, leadoff, bat ninth, bunt, whatever. he should thrive in the National League.

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