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Padres’ veteran double play duo Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett “could be released”

May 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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In trading standout reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels yesterday the Padres picked up a prospect they hope will be their long-term second baseman in Alexi Amarista.

He doesn’t project as a star player and for now Amarista is at Triple-A anyway, but Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that the clock may be ticking on the Padres’ current double-play duo of veterans Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett.

In fact, Hayes writes that “team sources have confirmed that neither player is in the Padres’ long-term plans” and “both could be released before the season ends.”

Bartlett is hitting .164 and has a $5.5 million option or $1.5 million buyout for next season that vests if he reaches 432 plate appearances, which could make it tough to unload him via trade. Hudson is hitting .210 and has an $8 million option or $2 million buyout for next season, but with no plate appearance-based vesting he might be a bit easier to unload if San Diego eats all the remaining salary.

Whatever the case, Hayes clearly thinks there’s a good chance Amarista and Everth Cabrera are the Padres’ double-play duo in the second half. And maybe before then.

  1. b7p19 - May 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Seems like a no brainer to me. It’s not like they’re going anywhere this year. Bring Everth back, and give this Amerista a chance this year so you know what he’s got. It would be nice to know what he has, so they know how fast to move Spangenberg along.

  2. ptfu - May 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Maybe one or both could be traded for somebody else’s bad contract, especially a pitcher. The Padres might be able to wring some use out of someone like Bruce Chen or Randy Wolf at Petco. They’re already using Jeff Suppan, for crying out loud.

  3. xpensivewinos - May 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    …but what about those thousands and thousands of fans packing the ballpark every night wearing their Bartlett and Hudson jerseys?????

    Two more reasons why the Padres are garbage. They actually rolled these clowns out telling people that they’re fielding a major league product when everyone knew based on last year these guys should have been released over the winter. If you’re going to lose 100 games, at least lose with guys who may actually get better………not guys who are getting worse.

    The only ray of hope this dismal franchise has left as it circles the drain is that the O’Malleys buy the damn thing.

    Moores should be ashamed for what he’s allowed this team to become and letting those weasels who tried to buy it on layaway, wreck it without even having majority control.

  4. jonirocit - May 4, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Upgrade for crawfords terrible defense in San Fransisco

  5. rosesacl - May 4, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    *chomps on popcorn*
    can’t get diddly for hudson or bartlett?

  6. icanspeel - May 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    2 of Hoyer’s worst moves as the Padres GM. I remember when he got both of them he was satisfied with improving the middle of the diamond for the Padres. It’s gotten to the point where it is time for some young players to try out for the position to see if they can win it. What do the Padres have to lose? Bad defense and sub .200 averages? (Ok hudson is slightly over .200 but not for long)

  7. jkaflagg - May 4, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Good deal for the Pads, moving relief depth again…..Amarista is a decent player and Roach will likely provide another middle reliever to trade in the future…..

  8. micker716 - May 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Hudson has actually been playing better lately, defensively and at the plate. Bartlett has been horrible. Don’t know why this needs to be a package deal. Dump Bartlett and his ridiculous contract before it gets even worse with the vesting option and team one of the kids with the veteran, for now.

  9. Ick McWang - May 5, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    And as usual, the Rays somehow have some crystal ball they can see the future with. Wow.

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