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Padres to release shortstop Jason Bartlett

Aug 20, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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According to Jeff Sanders of the North County Times, the Padres have requested unconditional release waivers on shortstop Jason Bartlett.

The Padres signed Bartlett to a two-year, $11 million contract with an option for 2013 in December of 2010 after acquiring him from the Rays, but he ended up being quite the disappointment, batting just .245/.308/.307 with a .607 OPS last year and .133 (11-for-83) in 29 games this year prior to hitting the disabled list in mid-May with a strained right knee. He hasn’t played a game since.

Bartlett’s $5.5 million option for 2013 would have become guaranteed if he reached 432 plate appearances this year. While the Padres were fortunate that didn’t happen, they’ll still be on the hook for a $1.5 million buyout to turn the page.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Some team is going to have a good back up infielder next season. I am sure that many teams will look at him.

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    If he can still flash the leather (and I havent seen him play in a couple years) he will have a job. SD is where bats go to die.

    • missthemexpos - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      San Diego, where bats go to die and pitchers come alive.

    • ptfu - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      His defense was mediocre. Not great, not terrible. Neither Fangraphs nor B-R likes his defense either. It was good enough to live with if he could hit a little, but he couldn’t. Combine that with the rebuilding/youth movement, and Bartlett was a goner. Only his injury kept him from being dumped at the same time as O-Dog.

      Bartlett’s replacement, Everth Cabrera, is seven years younger, at least as good if not better (which isn’t saying much), and not coming off an injury. Hardly another Wally Pipp scenario.

      • delchef9 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:51 AM

        Thank you….We are watching the same baseball i guess….I was thinking the Canadian and the Cowboy were sharin’ some pretty good stuff!!!.

  3. respectfortampabay - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Maybe even with the Rays again. I always thought he had a nice swing, and with the proper manager he could flourish again. And yes, he had a really good glove too, something that position has consistently lacked since he left – with the exception of Brignac, whose bat is non-existent.

    • indaburg - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:24 AM

      He was good for the Rays, but I dunno. The Rays seem to have a glut of infielders right now. Love your handle, btw.

  4. rcali - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    $1.5 million buyout! Now we now why the owners needed to sell the team. $1.5 million pays for a lot of AAA players on the major league roster.

  5. baseballbum - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    The Redsox should get him.

  6. delchef9 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Cant hit, cant catch, cant run, cant throw….sounds like a red Sox player to me!!!

  7. mplsjoe - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    I wonder if he learned the leadership skills Ron Gardenhire thought he lacked (and T-Nish, apparently, had?).

  8. icanspeel - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    If you can’t hit, you need to at least be a great fielder. Bartlett played 162 games with the Padres and made 23 errors.. I don’t see him being a good pickup for any team since really all he can play is SS and not very well.

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