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Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:50 pm

Shortstops fell quickly from the board Tuesday, which likely will lead to more urgency in Tampa Bay's trade talks surrounding Jason Bartlett over the next few days.

Juan Uribe signed with the Dodgers, Miguel Tejada agreed to terms with the Giants and the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers for reliever Blake Hawksworth.

Meanwhile, even after striking a deal with Tejada, the Giants, according to sources, are one of several clubs engaging the Rays in conversations regarding Bartlett.

With Reid Brignac ready to play shortstop every day for the Rays and Tampa about to be decimated by the free agent market, general manager Andrew Friedman is investigating multiple scenarios. While All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford is expected to leave, the Rays also expect gaping holes in their bullpen.

Already this winter, set-up man Joaquin Benoit has signed with Detroit. Closer Rafael Soriano is expected to leave (for the Angels, perhaps?) and Grant Balfour, Randy Choate and Chad Qualls each declined arbitration on Tuesday.

Consequently, the Rays are said by rivals to be casting a wide net for relief help.

Aside from the Giants, the Orioles and Padres have expressed interest, according to sources. The Cardinals kicked the tires as well before nabbing Theriot for Hawksworth, who would have fit one of the areas the Rays are attempting to re-load.

San Diego could offer closer Heath Bell, who is eligible for free agency after 2011 and is expected to be moved sometime between now and the July trade deadline. Having lost Tejada to the Giants on Tuesday and having declined to offer arbitration to David Eckstein, the Padres are down to Everth Cabrera, Jerry Hairston Jr. and rookie Matt Antonelli as serviceable middle infielders.

Bartlett is eligible for arbitration for the third consecutive season before he can become a free agent after the 2011 season.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:40 pm

Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

Left side of the infield by committee. Remember, Tijada can also play third base and if Pandavol doesn't drop the Poundavols the Giants are requiring, don't be too surprised if you see Tijada at the hot corner, Bartlett brought in to play SS, and Pablo trying to sell those Panda hats on the Corner of 3rd and King.
This is exactly what Sabean does and exactly how Buchy likes to manage...well, maybe not likes to, but he does it so well.
A mix-and-match, garanimal type infield works wonders when you know how to use them.
Nice job Gyros. Well on your way to an Orange & Black Back to Back!!!!

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:15 pm

Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

The move by Sabean to get Tejada was actually a good one for a couple of reasons...he fills the Uribe spot without giving into a long-term, overpriced contract.  Tejada may not hit the 24 HR's Uribe hit last year, but Uribe may not either.  The numbers by both gusy are actually fairly similar, with Tejada's HR power a little less, and his gap power a little greater (46 doubles in 2009).  Remember that the Giants basically rescued Uribe from the scrap heap a couple of years ago and gave him a chance.  Colletti is famous for long-term deals that don't work (Schmidt, Jones, Pierre, etc.), and this could very well be another one.  Second good thing about Tejada is that for one year and 6.5MM, should the Giants fall out of the race early, he would easily be trade bait for a team in the running.  A middle infoelder who has been through the play-off and WS runs before, a guy who fields well enough and hits with some pop, and a guy who isn't going to make your clubhouse fact, he'll improve it.  Yes, Tejada may be 37 years old...Uribe's from the Dominican...they say he was born in 1979...can you be sure?  It wouldn't be the first time that a Dominican player is actually older than the program reads.  Nope, as a stopgap, Tejada is an excellent choice, especially at one year and 6.5 MM.

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:39 pm

Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

The Giants wouldn't have won the World Series without those "over-the-hill" players (Huff, Renteria). Thats just Sabean's style, he's been doing it for years and somehow it seems to work out. I use to get real frustrated at some of the moves he would make.He's always found a way to make it work so i trust him, we still need a power hitter although.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:57 pm

Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

I had hoped that the Giants would have traded for Bartlett instead of signing Tejada.  The Giants need speed at the top of the lineup, and Bartlett would have improved the situation for sure.  What is the deal with Sabean's infatuation with over the hill players? 

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:20 pm

Shortstops on the move, Rays' Bartlett next?

You must be kidding me if you think Bell would be traded for Bartlett. Bell doesnt go to the Rays unless one of their 6 sarting pitchers is involved in the deal.

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