Bartlett traded to Pads - though it's not official - reportedly for two relievers
SS Jason Bartlett said he been traded to the Padres, though the Rays said reports of the deal are premature and there will be no official announcement tonight.
The initial word was that the Rays were getting back relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, and it's possible the deal could still come down that way.
Ramos, 26, is a lefty was a first-round pick in 2005 who has pitched in 19 big-league games, going 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA.
Russell, 27, is a 6-foot-8, 255-poud righthander acquired by the Pads from the White Sox who is 7-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 49 big-league games over three seasons. He throws hard, has been used in long relief in the big leagues.
With Bartlett traded, Reid Brignac is expected to take over as the Rays starting shortstop. Brignac said from his parents home in Louisiana: "I'm ecstatic. I'm super happy for the opportunity. I'm going to come into spring training ready to play everyday and to continue to help this team win and be successful.'' Brignac said he was "absolutely" ready to be a starter and "definitely confident'' he could handle it.
Earlier, Brignac posted this on his Twitter account @reidbrignac: "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.''
Bartlett was relieved at the resolution. "I knew it was eventually coming,'' Bartlett said via text message. "I prepared myself with my family. We are very happy and excited to start a new chapter of my career.''
Here is the season review from the Padres media guide on the two pitchers:
- Made three stints with the Padres in 2010...was recalled from Triple-A Portland on 4/3 and posted a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP) over six outings
before being optioned back to Portland on 4/21...recalled again from Portland on 5/11 and allowed 10 runs over 2.1 IP across three outings
(38.57 ERA, 10 ER/2.1 IP) in three outings before being optioned back to Portland on 5/22...recalled again on 9/5 and spent the remainder of
the season with San Diego, working 3.2 scoreless innings over fi ve outings to close out the year.
- Allowed a career-high seven earned runs over 1.0 IP on 5/21 at SEA...the most earned runs allowed in a relief appearance by a Padre since
Matt Whiteside allowed nine earned runs over 1.2 IP on 8/24/99 at PHI.
- Was 4-7 with a 3.16 ERA (27 ER/77.0 IP) and a .249 (69-for-277) opponents batting average in 15 starts for Portland.
- Went 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA (8 ER/19.0 IP) and a .309 (21-for-68) opponents average in 15 relief outings for Portland
- Worked 15.2 innings over four stints with the Padres in 2010.
- Did not allow a hit to his fi rst 13 batters faced over his fi rst stint from 4/12-17, walking just one batter and striking out fi ve over 4.1 innings.
- Did not appear in a game during his second stint from 5/11-15.
- Allowed a career-high four earned runs and six hits on 5/27 vs. STL, during his third stint from 5/20-28.
- Recalled for his fourth stint on 9/3 and spent the remainder of the season with San Diego...worked fi ve scoreless outings (6.0 IP) from 9/4-9/23
before allowing a career-high tying four runs in his last appearance of the year on 9/26 vs. CIN.
- All eight of his runs (seven earned) came in seven outings at home (9.2 IP, 6.52 ERA), not allowing a run in fi ve outings on the road (6.0 IP).
- Held left-handed hitters to a .143 (3-for-21) batting average with San Diego, while right-handers hit at a .324 (11-for-34) clip.
- Allowed a .280 (58-for-207) opponents batting average in 50 outings with Triple-A Portland