Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays are “closer” to trading Jason Bartlett…
The Rays are closer to trading shortstop Jason Bartlett than ever before…The Dodgers’ three-year, $21 million agreement with free-agent infielder Juan Uribe on Monday sparked accelerated discussions involving Bartlett, major-league sources say…The Cardinals, Giants, Padres, Orioles and Pirates all have expressed recent interest in Bartlett. The Giants’ need is particularly acute after losing Uribe.
However, Marc Topkin reports that “nothing is considered imminent.”
There was some question about what the Rays could bring back for Bartlett considering his declining offensive and defensive skills in 2010. But at this point, the market appears to be falling into place for the Rays make a good deal for a player they have to trade.
Yesterday was the third anniversary of Bartlett being traded to the Rays along with Matt Garza for Delmon Young.