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Pirates One of Five Teams Interested in Bartlett

Pirates One of Five Teams Interested in Bartlett

The Pirates are one of five teams interested in Bartlett.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tampa Bay Rays are closer to trading shortstop Jason Bartlett than ever before, and mentions the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of five teams that have shown interest.  I looked at two potentially available shortstops earlier today in J.J. Hardy and Ryan Theriot, but didn't include Bartlett for a very specific reason.  There are two things that stick out when I look at Bartlett's career numbers.

First, there's his hitting numbers:

2007: .699 OPS

2008: .690 OPS

2009: .879 OPS

2010: .675 OPS

One of these things is not like the other one.  Bartlett improved his stock in 2009 with a huge year at the plate, but looking at his surrounding years, that looks to be a career year.  Even his previous high of .760 in 2006 (in 333 at-bats) doesn't come close to the 2009 numbers.  Concern number two comes on the defensive side:

2005: 26.3 UZR/150

2006: 17.8 UZR/150

2007: 9.2 UZR/150

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