Trade for Jason Bartlett Almost Complete


New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli reacts when Tampa Bay Rays Reid Brignac and Jason Bartlett cross home plate after Brignac's 2-run homer in the second inning at Yankee Stadium in New York City on July 17, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Source: YardBarker.com

The San Diego Padres are close to acquiring Tampa Bay Devil Ray SS Jason Bartlett in a trade that would send pitchers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos to Tampa.

Bartlett was an All-Star just a couple of seasons ago and he has been mainly used as the number 1,2, or 9 hitter in his career. He has a career .281 batting average with 29 HRs and 242 RBI. His best season came a couple of seasons ago where he batted .320 with 14 HRs where he was an All-Star. GM Jed Hoyer is familiar with Bartlett, seeing him in multiple games during the AL East battles between Boston and Tampa Bay.

He will come into San Diego as the starting shortstop and probably bat at the top of the order. He has great speed and is aggressive on the base paths. The last few seasons he has been amongst the AL leaders in triples. He provides a solid glove in the infield, but still could lower his error count.

The left side of the infield is now complete with Chase Headley at 3B and Bartlett at SS. We will see what else the Padres will do this offseason for 1B and 2B. Derrek Lee and Lyle Overbay are strong possibilities for the starting 1B position. I am leaning on the Padres signing Overbay since the lineup is full of right handed hitters at this time, with the only lefties in the lineup, Headley and Venable. At 2B, the Padres have been rumored in a possible trade for STL 2B Brendan Ryan.

Bartlett also profiles as a Type-A free agent after 2011, which could net the Padres some draft picks if they decide to offer him arbitration and he signs elsewhere.

Year Tm G AB R HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG
2004 MIN 8 12 2 0 1 2 .083 .154 .083
2005 MIN 74 224 33 3 16 4 .241 .316 .335
2006 MIN 99 333 44 2 32 10 .309 .367 .393
2007 MIN 140 510 75 5 43 23 .265 .339 .361
2008 TBR 128 454 48 1 37 20 .286 .329 .361
2009 TBR 137 500 90 14 66 30 .320 .389 .490
2010 TBR 135 468 71 4 47 11 .254 .324 .350
7 Seasons 721 2501 363 29 242 100 .281 .345 .385
162 Game Avg. 162 562 82 7 54 22 .281 .345 .385
MIN (4 yrs) 321 1079 154 10 92 39 .272 .341 .362
TBR (3 yrs) 400 1422 209 19 150 61 .288 .349 .403
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

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