We have previously heard that the Orioles, Nationals and Giants have shown interest in trading for Jason Bartlett. Now, Jon Paul Morosi adds the Cardinals and Padres to the mix.
He also mentions that the demand for Bartlett could depend on a Japanese player…
“[Tsuyoshi] Nishioka, a switch hitter with speed, is coming off a season in which he won the NPB Pacific League batting title. He has experience at shortstop and second base…While it’s not clear which clubs are serious about bidding on Nishioka, a number of major-league teams are looking to upgrade at his positions. And if he agrees to come to the U.S., Nishioka could impact the trade market for shortstops – namely Tampa Bay’s Jason Bartlett.
So let’s keep an eye on Nishioka. If he stays in Japan, the demand for Bartlett will likely increase.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- MLB Trade Rumors predicts the Rays will not offer Carlos Pena arbitration by today’s deadline. If true, the Rays would not receive a draft pick if Pena signs with another team. The reason the Rays would not offer Pena arbitration is fear that he might accept. If he were to accept, he would return to the Rays in 2011, but they would probably have to pay him something comparable to his 2010 salary ($10.1M). [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Nick Paparesta, the Rays assistant athletic trainer, has been hired by the A’s as their head trainer. [MLB]