Tag:Jason Bartlett
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:29 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 7:42 pm
 

Padres get Bartlett

Jason Bartlett is a Padre, Corey Brock of MLB.com tweets .

That leaves J.J. Hardy as the primary shortstop target left for the Orioles, who have been said to be working on a deal for the Twins shortstop. More when it comes out.

UPDATE:
Brock earlier said the rumors were Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell to the Rays for Bartlett.

UPDATE: The Rays have been trying to rebuild their bullpen, and this appears to be one way they're doing it. Russell is a 6-foot-8 right-hander, who struck out 18 batters in 15 2/3 innings with the Padres last season. He finished with a 4.02 ERA.

Ramos, a lefty, appeared in 14 games for the Padres last season with a 11.88 ERA, giving up 18 hits and 11 runs in 8 1/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked four.

UPDATE:
Bartlett talked to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times and confirmed the deal (via Twitter ).

"[I] knew it was coming," Bartlett said. "[I'm] happy and excited to be starting a new chapter of my career."

UPDATE: The guy making Bartlett expendable, Reid Brignac, tweets his thanks to the departed shortstop: "I want to thank Jason for all the help he has given me and everything he has taught me over the last few years and wish him the best of luck."

UPDATE: Topkin confirmed -- when I turned around and asked him -- that it was indeed Ramos and Russell going to Tampa Bay.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : Topkin reports that the Rays say any reports of a Bartlett deal is premature and no announcement is coming Wednesday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Bartlett deal to Baltimore now off

While almost assumed to be happening earlier in the day, the Orioles' trade of Nolan Reimold and reliever Alfredo Simon to the Rays for Jason Bartlett have failed apart, the Baltimore Sun writes .

The Orioles were uncomfortable giving up on the 27-year old Reimold so quickly. Reimold has been working out with former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson, who sent back positive reviews (and, hopefully not future positive test results).

General manager Andy MacPhail wouldn't say the deal was dead, but sounded somewhat up-beat about Reimold.

"We have seen two Nolans," MacPhail told the Sun . "We're hopeful that the Nolan we get back will resemble more the 2009 [version] than the 2010 [one]."

Reimold hit .207/.282/.328 with three homers in 39 games with the Orioles before being sent back to Triple-A Norfolk. In 2009, he hit .279/.365/.466 with 15 homers in 104 games in Baltimore.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:59 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Reimold-Bartlett talks heating up

The Hot Stove isn't quite enough to keep us warm here in Mouseville, but nothing can help stoke the fire quite like a good ol' baseball trade.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweets that the Orioles could send Nolan Reimold to Tampa Bay in return for Jason Bartlett.

Bartlett is obviously a fit for the shortstop-needy Orioles, while Reimold has played left field and first base, but would likely step in at first for the departed Carlos Pena.

Reimold was given the left field job out of spring training last year, but struggled, hitting .207/.282.328 with three home runs in 131 plate appearances. He then went to the minors, where he was moved to first. He hit .249/.364/.374 with 10 home runs for Triple-A Norfolk.

UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times tweets it will take more than just Reimold to get the deal done.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE : No deal will happen today -- if it happens at all, as MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli reports. The Rays want Alfredo Simon along with Reimold to ship out Bartlett, but that seems to have driven a wedge in talks.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Interest in Jason Bartlett accelerating

Bartlett With Juan Uribe's three-year deal taking the top middle infield option off the free agent market, discussions surrounding shortstop Jason Bartlett have intensified, as FOX Sports ' Ken Rosenthal points out.

Tampa Bay is expected to deal Bartlett in his final year of arbitration with Reid Brignac ready to step into the starting job. The Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Orioles and Pirates are all interested in Bartlett, and the Giants may be scrambling thanks to Uribe's defection to their rivals.

The Rays are expected to seek bullpen help for Bartlett, as the club has to rebuild virtually its entire corps. The Rays got one bit of good news in that regard when Grant Balfour said he was likely to accept Tampa's offer of arbitration as the St. Petersburg Times points out.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Report: Uribe to Dodgers

Juan Uribe Fresh off a successful postseason run with the champion Giants (and a $317,000 postseason bonus ), infielder Juan Uribe appears set to join the rival Dodgers. Rumors of the Dodgers' interest have been around for a while, and ESPN.com reports they are close to a three-year deal.

Uribe batted .248/.310/.440 with 24 homers and 85 RBI during the regular season, and drove in nine runs in the postseason. He's a strong defender, especially considering he'll likely make a move from shortstop to second base, where his range is less problematic, in Los Angeles.

This probably means the Dodgers will non-tender Ryan Theriot, who was disappointing after being traded to the Dodgers along with Ted Lilly at the trade deadline. It also adds the Giants to the shortstop market, where they could go after Jason Bartlett or J.J. Hardy.

UPDATE: Various reports say the deal is worth $21 million for three years. If I'm a Dodgers fan, I'm not sure I like this signing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 6:28 pm
 

Futures of several Rays a question mark

The Rays aren't alone in that they are in the middle of a busy offseason and have many directions to go, but they may be the most compelling team to follow all winter.

That's because the club seems certain to lose star Carl Crawford and slugger Carlos Pena on offense, while having to rebuild an entire bullpen and slash payroll to $60 million or less from 2010's franchise-high $72.8 million.

As a result, it is widely considered the Rays will deal some costly veterans where the team has solutions behind them. That includes Jason Bartlett, subject of a MLB Facts and Rumors trade profile .

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times expects Bartlett to exit stage left to make way for Reid Brignac and clear up roughly $5 million in salary. There's no shortage of candidates who could use Bartlett, with middle infield depth thin leaguewide. The Cardinals, Giants and Orioles have been most closely linked to the ex-Twin.

Upton Topkin also discusses B.J. Upton (pictured, left), coming off a disappointing season and who is headed to arbitration for the second time. Upton is slated to make about $4 million or more, and that's a lot to give someone coming off back-to-back poor seasons. While his .237/.322/.424 line in 610 plate appearances in 2010 was a major improvement over 2009's .241/.313/.373, it's still a major letdown.

However, Upton is still the same guy who slashed .300/.386/.508 with 24 home runs in 2007, then went bananas in the ALCS against the Red Sox in 2008. His 2011 season will be played at just age 26, so there's plenty of time left for Upton to turn his career around, and he's still capable of stealing a ton of bases, as his three straight seasons of over 40 steals indicate.

Given Upton isn't slated to be a free agent until after the 2012 season, it may not be prudent for Tampa to deal the youngster. After all, the club is still in desperate need of offensive playmakers, and Upton can help keep Tampa in contention. In addition, if Upton bounces back, his trade value skyrockets. Trading him now would mean selling low, and there's just no reason for the Rays to take that risk.

Topkin also points out that Upton was only one of two players in 2010 to have at least 60 extra-base hits (38 doubles, four triples, 18 home runs). The other person was none other than Carl Crawford, so losing two players with that distinction may be too much for Tampa to handle.

Upton and Crawford also impacted the game in a big way on defense, so even with Upton's struggles at the plate, he would create a major void in the lineup where there is already enough gaping holes.

Lastly, Topkin tackles the future of the starting pitching. With a full rotation and Jeremy Hellickson banging on the door, the possibility exists that Tampa could trade Matt Garza or James Shields, the two making the most money on the staff.

Shields Alas, Topkin is concerned about the depth of the rotation. While the club is deep in pitching prospects, Topkin says the top starting prospects are still a ways away, so if a starter was to get hurt and one of Shields (pictured, right) or Garza was traded, Tampa would be scrambling for depth.

However, he seems to have forgotten about Andy Sonnanstine, a starter who worked out of the bullpen in 2010. He could easily transition back to a starting role if needed. Secondly, Jacob McGee is also hanging around, and he's certainly ready for the majors after appearing down the stretch drive as a reliever. In addition, Baseball America 's top prospect list has Matt Moore and Alex Torres on the list. While asking them to be ready for 2011 is a stretch, they could make their big-league debut in September. If they're that close, they could step in and fill the breach if needed.

Depth is not an issue.

What may be an issue is the play of Shields, who finished with a 5.18 ERA in 203 1/3 innings. While his xFIP was 3.72, clubs may try to buy low on Shields given the ERA. That may not be tenable for the Rays, but if the alternative is trading Garza, the team may opt to bite the bullet on Shields.

With the winter meetings just a week away, we may soon know what direction Tampa intends to go. Will that include shipping away Bartlett, Upton, Shields or Garza? Stay tuned.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Hot Stove League profile: Jason Bartlett

Hot Stove League Through Nov. 26, CBS Sports' MLB Facts and Rumors will be profiling both free agents and trade candidates who will help stoke the fires of the Hot Stove League. Today: trade candidate Jason Bartlett.

In a environment where finding quality middle infielders is a rare occurrence, the Rays are sitting pretty with Jason Bartlett as a trading chip.

Tampa is likely to trade away Bartlett, as the 31-year-old (birthday on Oct. 30) is slipping in production while his salary is certain to rise from the $4 million he made in 2010. He has one final year of arbitration left before hitting free agency, but among a team mandate to slash payroll and with a ready replacement at short in Reid Brignac (plus possibly Sean Rodriguez) could usher Bartlett out the door.

Bartlett held his own at the plate while with the Twins, giving the club superior defense. In his first campaign in Tampa Bay in the 2009 season, he hit .320, which hid a slipping defense. However, that defense seems to have slipped further while he produced the worst offensive campaign since 2005, his rookie season where he amassed 252 plate appearances.

Bartlett STATS

2010: .254/.324/.350 in 532PA, 11 SB, 6 CS, -13.8 UZR/150, 2 DRS

Career: .281/.345/.385 in 2,801 PA, 100 SB, 27 CS, 4.5 UZR/150, 40 DRS

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

Even though other teams know just as well as the Rays do that it makes sense for Tampa to deal away the youngster, the Rays won't part with Bartlett easily. There's plenty of holes on Tampa to fill that the club could go in many different directions.

One such direction is the bullpen, where the Rays have to do a complete makeover. The outfield, a replacement middle infielder, a first baseman or simply prospects close to the majors could all fit in a Bartlett deal.

WHERE HE COULD GO

Bartlett has already been linked to the Orioles, with Baltimore dangling reliever David Hernandez. Hernandez is capable of starting, but could fashion himself a nice, long career as a setup man or even closer.

The Giants are also in the market for a shortstop, and could offer its own young relievers (Sergio Romo?) or an outfielder in Nate Schierholz. The Rays might also have interest in first baseman Travis Ishikawa.

Other teams in need of shortstops include the Reds, Athletics, Pirates, Padres, Mariners and Cardinals.

PREDICTION

A need to slash payroll, a player whose salary is rising but production is declining and a replacement ready to go all spells Bartlett's departure. He will get dealt to the Cardinals, who desperately want to improve shortstop but can't commit long-term dollars to the position until Albert Pujols' contract is resolved.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 3:30 pm
 

Orioles looking at Bartlett, Hardy


The Baltimore Sun notes that the Orioles haven't ruled out Cesar Izturis returning at shortstop (though they should rule it out -- the guy had a .545 OPS, lowest among qualified AL players by 54 points ) but are talking trade with the Rays and Twins.

The Rays have Reid Brignac set to step in for Jason Bartlett, and are desperate for relievers. The Orioles reportedly offered David Hernandez. Bartlett would be a pricey option for the Orioles, considering he's arbitration-eligible, made $4 million last season and becomes a free agent after 2011.

The Twins' J.J. Hardy also is an impending free agent, but the Orioles have reportedly talked swap with Minnesota.

One column in the Sun calls for the Orioles to sign Derek Jeter. For a lot of reasons, that's not going to happen.

-- David Andriesen

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