[UPDATE] Jason Bartlett has been traded to the Padres for relief pitchers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell.

Joel Sherman says the Rays will trade Jason Bartlett and that it could happen tonight. He adds that it is down to the Padres or the Pirates. [Twitter]



  1. phil says:

    They did trade him to the Padres at 6:29Pm ..two pitchers?

  2. phil says:

    The Padres have acquired Jason Bartlett from the Rays, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock (on Twitter). Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos could be heading to the Rays in the deal.

  3. bobbobbobbobbob-aram says:

    Thank Jesus, Fartlet=bad player

  4. Good luck, JB, in Sand Diego, you will be missed.

  5. MJ says:

    another one bites the dust.

  6. John S says:

    Well that deal stinks…

    2 average at best arms that are in their mid-late 20s that haven’t even performed at any regularity. Bartlett is not Tulo but a year ago he was an AL All Star, Team MVP and one of the top 12 SS in the major leagues.

    And this is all we could get. Can we just take Nolan?

  7. Joe says:

    Rays are just becoming a complete joke in my mind…All about Frank Sinatra “My Way”. Just keeps popping in my mind. Zero pop to protect Longoria. Real questions at LF, 1B, DH and C. Zobrist is going to take one spot, but will the real Ben Zobrist stand up? I think the Rays wanted quantity in this trade and just to trade to get volume.

    It is hard to build buzz and excitement when their own goal is to simply to “play meaningful September games.” What about a World Series title?! I am simply getting befuddled with this constant eye to the future without stopping and not just smelling the roses but taking them and STAYING at the big boy table!

  8. Joe says:

    Hey, they will be the FIRST to tell you and I and anyone that they (the front office) knows more than me. I am not questioning the trade, but the simple philosophy. They act as if they were Darwinized?! They are taking an unnecessary step back as a PUNISHMENT to fans. And I find this all, from bizarre comments from the owner to arrogance from the local media to be perplexing.

    • Tone says:

      As do many of us. Unfortunately most people on Rays blogs(excluding this one) take everything this owner does as a blessing. Stu is doing this to punish the area for not building a stadium. The O’s never fill the seats and yet spend, Nationals as well. Stu is just a bastard, plain and simple. The 2011 season is going to be lame. The holes you mentioned above are gaping and there is no one to fill them. 1st base is huge, and there is no way the A’s will give up Barton, or the Mets will give up Davis(unless Garza is dealt, which is counter-productive). The bullpen is sad. I thought if they could resign Pena and get a DH like Matsui while finding a closer this team a real shot. Now we will fight with Toronto and O’s to not be last.

      • Rob says:

        Yup, I wish Namoli was back! We’d have won a Series by now.

        • Joe says:

          I was not sarcastic, I am being straight up. Unfortunately, big time baseball is big business. Two opposite ends of the spectrum. I don’t think Stu Sternberg has you or I’s best interest at heart. I simply wish he was a philanthropist and someone who simply wanted to win at all costs. But its his costs. He signed a STUPID television contract that can’t be revisited until 2016. I look at the good and the bad, I wish Stu the very, very best, but its time to sell and move on.

          • Rob says:

            Yeah, because there are a bunch of great owners out there with tons of cash to make you happy by spending it in ways that you see fit.

  9. MJ says:

    ESPN says deal hit a “snag” and its not done yet, no reason given.

    • John S says:

      Thank god maybe we can actually get something that can be useful.

      I mean these players suck and are not going to help us. So if we are going to suck next year lets just suck and get a good Double AA prospect that we can use in 2 years that will better than the minor league fodder that we are trying to pick up. This deal is FLAT OUT HORRIBLE FOR THE RAYS!

      • Scott says:

        Yes, two cost-controlled relievers with excellent groundball percentages, one who strikes out more than a batter an inning and one who profiles to be an above-average loogy, are a terrible return for a below average shortstop with an overrated glove.

  10. phil says:

    Does this freee up money to go after some legimate relievers? Saves around $ 4 million ..what is Balfour asking for?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I think the big thing with Balfour is the length of the contract. He is going to want 2 or 3 years. Typically, the Rays prefer 1 or 2 year deals. Other than that, he should be in their price range.

  11. Kelsey says:

    Being a huge Rays fan who watches about 95% of all the games, this is sad. The owners are making it hard to be a Rays fan. All these crazy payroll cuts and loosing so much of the team feels like such a slap in the face. I knew we would be loosing Crawford and Soriano and maybe one or two others but to loose all these people hurts. If this is the owners idea of getting the city of Tampa to want to pay to build a new stadium… good luck.

    • Joe says:

      It is a slap in the face. And I wish someone would ask Stu that question, “well what do you tell the fans who have supported you why you have decided to scale back?” I know the canned responses, but in an educated way, I think the hardcore fans that know the business models know that attendance and payroll are not the same thing. It is a contributing factor, but not the same thing. About half of it, give or take.

      I say what I do with all due respect to everyone involved. No one said this would be easy, but I wish that Stu was more resolute instead of a young team getting even younger because they don’t want to pay franchise players the going rate to play in their primes.

  12. Joe says:

    My biggest point. Ok, we get draft picks, so what? What good does that do us NOW?! Oh, that’s right, its never about right now, is it?! Yet these folks want a stadium debate in the middle of 13-15% unemployment? These were the same folks who set up a LITMUS TEST on the fans to check if there was a pulse!

    I want Stu Sternberg to be remembered for what GOOD he did. For practiciality purposes, if he wants to “educate” the fans on actions and consequences, well, the good fans of the Tampa Bay Rays are not Pavlov’s experiment. I think the fans of the team are smart and resilient. It’s all a giant buzzkill because the fight with St. Petersburg/Pinellas is going to consume the 2011 season. The question is can he put pride in front of business and/or political interests?

    I take strong umbrage and am disgusted by Stu Sternberg placing an ARBITRARY SALARY CAP on this market. It is a disgraceful tactic.

  13. Greg says:

    MLBTR reporting Crawford to sign with the Red Sox – 7 years, $142M.

  14. td says:

    A lot of hate in these comments for trading a SS that is average defensively and just posted a sub .700 OPS…. not too mention he was going to cost $5 million and a suitable replacemnt in Brignac would cost $400,000.

  15. Scot says:

    As suspected, only a bunch of newspaper writers ranked JB above replacement level. And it is going to cost millions for them to keep. At least the Rays got something out of it. The O’s deal looked better, but even the O’s are that dumb.

  16. a.j. says:

    I think everyone piling on stu is ridiculous…we can’t cry because we’re cutting payroll! The man put together one hell of a team for a three-year stretch! We were ready to name a street after the man two years ago! Now we want him gone? The orioles and nationals both have outstanding stadiums that attract baseball enthusiasts…we have the Trop! It’s pathetic in comparison! Stu is a businessman who overspent for three years, and we came up a little short of a world series title twice! Two AL East titles!!! He is simply trying to cut back on spending so he can make a little more money for the organization over the next year or so, so we can make another run! He’s been upfront with all of us all along! Stop hating on the man! Of course he’s unhappy with the stadium issues! We all have been!!! If you’re a true Rays fan, you should be thanking the guy! Not hating him!

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