Padres trade four for Bartlett

The San Diego Padres announced today that they have acquired infielder Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed pitchers Brandon Gomes and Adam Russell, left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos and infielder Cole Figueroa.

Bartlett, 31, appeared in 135 games last season for the Rays, making 125 starts at shortstop. He hit .254 (119-for-468) with 27 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 47 RBI, 71 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. The right-handed-hitting infielder set career highs in 2009 by hitting .320 (160-for-500) with 14 home runs, 66 RBI, 90 runs scored and 30 stolen bases, while being selected to his first career All-Star team. The .320 batting average established a new club record for Tampa Bay, topping the previous mark of .315 set by Carl Crawford in 2007.

Originally selected by San Diego in the 13th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft and signed by current Padres amateur scout Lane Decker, Bartlett has hit .281 (702-for-2501) with 29 home runs, 129 doubles, 23 triples, 242 RBI, 363 runs scored and 100 stolen bases in 721 career games over parts of seven Major League seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2004-07) and Rays (2008-10).

Gomes, 26, went 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA (15 ER/72.1 IP) and 93 strikeouts against 25 walks over 51 relief appearances for Double-A San Antonio in 2010. Originally signed as a 17th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander has gone 19-10 with a 2.99 ERA (98 ER/295.0 IP) and 324 strikeouts against 90 walks over 185 minor league games (13 starts) in the Padres (2007-10) organization.

Russell, 27, made 12 relief appearances in his second season with San Diego in 2010. He posted a 4.02 ERA (7 ER/15.2 IP) with 18 strikeouts against five walks for the Padres. With Triple-A Portland last season he went 4-9 with a 4.88 ERA (28 ER/51.2 IP) and 51 strikeouts against 32 walks in 50 relief appearances. The right-hander was acquired by San Diego in the five-player trade on July 31, 2009 that sent right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy to the Chicago White Sox.

Ramos, 26, made 14 relief appearances for the Padres in his second Big League season in 2010. He went 0-1 with an 11.88 ERA (11 ER/8.1 IP) and nine strikeouts against four walks. With Triple-A Portland last season he went 6-7 with a 3.28 ERA (35 ER/96.0 IP) and 63 strikeouts against 43 walks in 30 appearances (15 starts) for the Beavers. The southpaw was originally signed by San Diego as a supplemental-round selection (35th overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut for the Padres in 2009.

Figueroa, 23, spent the 2010 season with Single-A Lake Elsinore and hit .303 (146-for-482) with four home runs, 25 doubles, three triples, 66 RBI, 88 runs scored, 81 walks and 26 stolen bases in 124 games played. The left-handed-hitting infielder originally signed with San Diego as a sixth-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Over 247 minor league games in the Padres (2008-10) organization, he has hit .296 (269-for-909) with 10 home runs, 49 doubles, four triples, 125 RBI, 148 runs scored, 148 walks and 48 stolen bases.

With today's transaction the Padres currently have 36 players on their 40-man roster.


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