Finally, the Jason Bartlett trade to the Padres is official. The Rays will send Bartlett and a player to be named later to the Padres for four players. In addition to Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, who were the original participants, the Rays will also receive infielder Cole Figueroa and right handed relief pitcher Brandon Gomes.

After the jump read more about the four players acquired from the Padres…

Figueroa, 23, hit .303 (146-for-482) with 66 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 124 games at second base and shortstop for Lake Elsinore (A) in 2010. He played for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League this year and owns a .296 career batting average with 48 stolen bases over three professional seasons. The Tallahassee native played for the University of Florida and was drafted by the Padres in the sixth round of the 2008 June Draft. His father, Bien Figueroa, played 11 seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was a coach in the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants systems.

Gomes, 26, spent the 2010 season at San Antonio (AA) and posted a 7-2 record with a 1.87 ERA (72.1-IP, 15-ER) in 51 appearances. He struck out 93 batters while allowing 25 walks and 52 hits, holding opponents to a .198 batting average. The Tulane University graduate was drafted by the Padres in the 17th round of the 2007 June Draft and holds a 19-10 record with a 2.99 ERA over four professional seasons.

Ramos, 26, split the 2010 season between Portland (AAA) and San Diego, making 14 relief appearances over three stints with the Padres. He went 6-7 with a 3.28 ERA (96-IP, 35-ER) for Portland in 30 games (15 starts). The lefty made his major league debut in 2009, pitching in five games (two starts). He was a first-round supplemental selection by the Padres in the 2005 June Draft out of Long Beach State University.

Russell, 27, made 12 relief appearances over four stints with the Padres in 2010. He compiled a 4.02 ERA (15.2-IP, 7-ER) with 18 strikeouts while allowing 14 hits, five walks and no home runs. He spent the remainder of the season with Portland, where he recorded 15 saves in 50 appearances. In parts of three major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2008) and Padres (2009-10), he is 7-1 with a 4.50 ERA and has recorded 54 strikeouts in 54 innings. Russell, 6’8”, was acquired by San Diego as part of the trade that sent Jake Peavy to Chicago on July 31, 2009.

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  1. Frank says:

    4 guys 23 thru 27. Varied success in Minors and some limited Majors exp. Probaly a good move if they use Bartlett money elsewhere. Brignac should be an upgrade defensively and offensively with regular playing time. Okay we'll see on this one. ( who will be named later? ).

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    • Scot says:

      I concur - this is a cash saving move. Any positive outcomes out of it will be frosting. Not sure what the Rays gained by including the other 2 players?

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  2. John S says:

    Gomes is probably the best pitcher out of the 3 players... Not bad throw ins... Gomes I know he is 26 at AA but he has performed at every level

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  3. phil says:

    Now they have money for a quality arm for the pen...

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  4. Don says:

    We have Longo/Zobrist left....the rest are kids or undependable...including pitchers.....(garza being the nut...)
    We have no real leaders and .200 hitters...
    Just a State of the Union "report".....
    Can we beat the old gizzers at New York for 2nd...doubt it...
    Playoffs.... 50/60 to 1 shot....

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  5. Charles says:

    Scoping out some Padres boards for reactions to this trade, it seems like a lot of people were not happy about losing Gomes in this trade.

    Also, someone mentioned (maybe repeating something Friedman said?) that Russell is out of options and so will probably be in the Rays' major league bullpen or shipped out (or exposed to waivers and then sent down if not claimed).

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  6. MJ says:

    Can someone direct me to a place that shows a pitchers arsenal or how batters grade out?

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    • cubfanraysaddict says:

      Fangraphs.com is best for those who don't want to have to go through a seasons worth of pitchFX (short cut: 'Players name' fangraphs, to get a direct link to their page from google, since FG's search can be slow).

      For pitchers go just about all the way down to Pitch Type and Pitch Type Values. Pitch type will show you the percentage of times a player throws a certain pitch and its' average velocity. Pitch type values tells you how the pitch fairs compared to league average, anything in the positive is good. Using Jeff Niemann as an example you can see that in 2010 he threw his FB 64% of the time with an average velocity of 91.4 MPH (pitch type) and it was worth 12.4 runs above average (RAA) and .75 RAA per 100 thrown (Pitch type values).

      For batters (assuming you wanted to know how they grade out when it comes to hitting FB's etc...), it's basically the same thing. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and look under the same categories. This can show you how a player is being pitched and what does and doesn't work vs. them. If you're just wanting to know how they grade out compared to league average under hitting in general, the quickest cleanest stat is wRC+. wRC+ works like any stat with the suffix '+', league average is calculated every year with average always at 100, for example if a player is 10% better than league average when it comes to hitting his wRC+ will be 110. wRC+ is a great stat to use because you don't have to adjust for the ease or difficulty of the league they play in, what year they played in (dead ball or 'roid era), or worry about it being inflated/deflated by a players home park. wRC+ adjusts for park and league factors, and run environment factors itself. wRC+ is also based off of what I believe to be the best single stat for offensive performance, wOBA.

      I hope this helps and sorry for the length of my response, I now understand why Mark Topkin etc... exclude advanced stats from their columns. For more detailed explanations or to learn about different advanced stats go to http://saberlibrary.com/ (set up by some guys at Draysbay), at the top you can click offense, defense, pitching etc... and you can read what those stats are all about, the numbers supporting their usage, and make up your mind whether or not you trust them. You don't have to be a statistics major to utilize them, though it might help if you want to understand how the baseball researchers developed and tested these numbers for accuracy etc.

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  7. a.j. says:

    I like the move much more now. Figueroa could be a SS of the future candidate and a decent hitter. Gomes, they've already come out and said could be competing for a spot in this year's bullpen at some point during the season. Russell reminds me of a Jon Rauch-type, that could be a nice piece. Ramos seems like a 1st rounder that just hasn't panned out yet, but maybe a change of scenery helps him develop into a helpful lefty reliever. I'll miss JB, but now that we've gotten more in the deal, I like it a lot better!

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  8. td says:

    Nice haul for a Bartlett, who only had 1 more year left. Brignac should, at a minimum, replicate Bartlett's offense... and his defense should be a substantial upgrade.

    Russell projects as the Balfour of the pen. A hard throwing "fireman" coming in during the 7th or 8th inning. This is the type of reliever that projects well in the AL East because of his plus stuff.

    Ramos is a former 1st round lefty pitcher that could be the Loogy this year. Wont be as good against lefties as Choate, but will be better against righties. Will compete with Rule V pick and RJ Swindle for Loogy roll.

    Gomes has phenomenal numbers, but is old for his level. Could play out to be a nice middle reliever at some point in the near future.

    Figueroa provides depth at the middle infield position. Looks to be more the capable SS or 2nd baseman with the glove and has good on base skills. Could be one of those fan favorite types because he looks like a grinder.

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  9. stunna says:

    Wow, NICE deal! Not only do we free up some cash and clear the way for Brignac, but we get a SOLID return. All four of these guys could possibly contribute at the major league level, they are all young, and Figueroa gets bonus points for being a former Gator. These guys aren't highly touted studs, but they all have some upside. Great trade!

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  10. a.j. says:

    Zach greinke was traded to the Brewers for a great return! I was skeptical of trading Garza before, but if we could get a similar return for him, then we definitely should! I'm a very big Garza fan, but it would help us out big time to bring in players like that! Maybe the Rangers or Rockies would be willing to step up and make a big deal for him? After seeing this deal, Friedman's phone will definitely be ringing off the hook trying to make something happen!!!

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    • stunna says:

      Really? I thought the complete opposite. I'll admit I barely know anything about the players KC received, but from what I can tell, they certainly don't seem like an appropriate return from giving up one of the best young starters in the majors. I was under the assumption that Milwaukee totally ripped them off.

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  11. a.j. says:

    They got one of the best young shortstops in the game, an up-and-coming future star centerfielder, and two pitching prospects that are both basically major league-ready. So, I'm thinking if the pirates were to get involved for Garza, we might be able to get Pedro Alvarez and two other prized prospects. Or the Angels for Mike Trout and others. Or the Rangers for a few of their high-level prospects. Anyhow, I think the Rays will do the right thing...wait for exactly the players they want in a Garza deal. It'll have to be impressive for them to want to move him.

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    • phil says:

      the only team that would trade for Garza is Texas out of those teams mentioned. the angels have starting pitching ..garza is too expensive for the pirates.

      Maybe the Yankees???

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