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The Padres’ trade for Jason Bartlett is on hold

Dec 10, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

Jason Bartlett Rays

The Rays were all set to trade Jason Bartlett to the Padres in exchange for Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos on Wednesday night, but Aaron wrote yesterday that the deal was off. Now we know why.

The trade isn’t completely dead yet, but a source tells Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the Rays wanted to get a second opinion on one of the pitchers after conducting an initial physical exam.

The problem is “not believed to be serious,” according to Center, but there’s a chance that the deal won’t go through as initially agreed upon. In other words, if the Rays find something wrong with the pitcher, they will likely ask for a different pitcher in return. The Rays have exhausted their options for a trade involving Bartlett already, so this will probably get done one way or another.

  1. Ryan Lansing - Dec 10, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    I thought this offseason was supposed to be a seller’s market for middle infielders, especially shortstops. The Twins got very little for JJ Hardy, and the Rays seem to be having trouble trading Bartlett.

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