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San Diego Padres trade for All-Star Jason Bartlett & PTBNL

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

On December 17, 2010 the San Diego Padres traded Adam RussellCesar RamosBrandon Gomes, and Cole Figueroa for Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later. Initially the deal was thought to only involve Russell and Ramos but Gomes and Figueroa were also added to the trade.

The Padres have already traded All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox and needed to complete the middle and right side of their infield. On Thursday the Padres acquired free agent Orlando Hudson. With Cameron Maybin in center field, Hudson at 2nd and Bartlett at Short the Padres will be very solid up the middle defensively and the three players should bring better offensive production in 2011.

Bartlett was interviewed late on Friday with local radio host Darren Smith and expressed excitement about playing for the team who originally drafted him in 2001. He has never played at Petco park but said he has heard great things and really thought his speed and bat would play well at Petco.

The Padres now need to complete the infield and fill the hard to replace Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Several sources say the Padres have expressed interest in Derek Lee and Adam Laroche.

Orlando Hudson to sign with Padres

Friday, December 17th, 2010

It’s being reported, Orlando Hudson to sign with Padres. The 33 year old 2nd baseman will bring a career 280 batting average, 338 on base percentage and 770 ops to a team that does not currently have a second baseman.

Orlando Hudson brings a solid glove up the middle, a good bat and above average speed. This is a solid player to help sure up the Padres middle infield. He brings leadership and solid skills. It’s being reported that he will receive a two year deal with the potential value of up to eleven and a half million dollars.

The Padres showed some interest in bringing back David Eckstein but Eckstein said that Padres never contacted him. Eckstein battled several injuries the 2nd half of 2009 and the Hudson deal makes them a bit younger at the position this year.

If the Padres are able to make the Jason Bartlet trade they will have significantly improved 2nd base and the shortstop positions offensively and defensively compared to 2010, David Eckstein and Everth Cabrera. Padres GM Jed Hoyer has said he would not mind having Cabrera start 2011 at AAA to help him find his swing and build some confidence.