Jason Bartlett Traded to the Padres

Bartlett has been traded to the Padres.

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Jason Bartlett to the San Diego Padres, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.  We heard earlier that the Padres and Pirates were the two teams in the bidding for the shortstop, and it appears that Bartlett was dealt for Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell.

I don’t think the loss of Bartlett is that big of a deal, as I’ve said many times before.  His defense has been on a constant decline, and outside of a career year at the plate in 2009, he’s been a sub-.700 hitter as a starter.  I would much rather see the Pirates acquire J.J. Hardy.  The Pirates will still have to compete against the Baltimore Orioles for Hardy.  If they don’t land Hardy, Brendan Ryan of the Cardinals could be a possibility.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Anonymous

    I really hope that this forces us to pick up the pursuit of Hardy. I much prefer Hardy over both Bartlett and Ryan. Do you think it would take about what the Padres gave up for Bartlett in order for the Pirates to get Hardy?

  • Anonymous

    I would really like to see the pirates try to re sign adam laroche, his defense makes up for his lack of offense especially with pedro at third and with him batting lower in the order with less hype he could return to the type of player he was with the braves

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LYXIOEYHLDFAOIXT64PJ6YPCNY 9style hater

    The Rays have said that any announcement of a trade with SD for Bartlett is premature….

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Bartlett has already confirmed the move. The Rays are just doing the typical “we don’t have anything to announce until it’s official” move.