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.