In the same piece we linked earlier, Nick Cafardo is also reporting that three teams are showing interest in Jason Bartlett…
Jason Bartlett, SS, Rays — He is drawing lots of interest from the Giants, Orioles, and Nationals. The Rays are dangling him in the hopes of acquiring bullpen help or a prospect or two, with Reid Brignac ready to take the shortstop position.
The Orioles are not new. We previously heard that the Orioles and Rays discussed a trade in which relief pitcher David Hernandez would be the key player coming back to the Rays.
But what is interesting here, is that we now know what the Rays are looking for. It is a little surprising that a starting shortstop that hit .320 with a .389 OBP just two seasons ago, would only fetch “bullpen help or a prospect or two.”
What hurts Bartlett is his defense. In the last four seasons, his UZR rating has gone from 8.5 (with the Twins in 2007) to 2.0 (2008), -5.6 (2009) and -10.4 (2010). This leaves one wondering if his career as an everyday shortstop can be salvaged, or if he is destined to be moved to second base.