Jason Bartlett, Padres Avoid Arbitration With 2-Year Deal
Bartlett has agreed to a two-year deal, the Padres announced Monday. The Associated Press reports Bartlett will make $4 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012. The Padres have a team option for $5.5 million in 2013, or they can buy it out for $1.5 million.
The guaranteed part of the deal covers Bartlett's last arbitration-eligible year (2011) and his first year eligible for free agency (2012). He made $4 million last season while posting the worst numbers of his big league career.
After a bit of a false start during the Winter Meetings, the Padres on Dec. 17 acquired Bartlett and a player to be named. The Rays got right-handers Adam Russell and Brandon Gomes, lefty Cesar Ramos and infielder Cole Figueroa in return.
Bartlett, a native of Mountain View, Calif., was originally drafted by the Padres in the 13th round in 2001 but first broke into the majors with the Twins. He'll form a new keystone combination in San Diego along with veteran second baseman Orlando Hudson, who signed a two-year deal with the Padres in December.
Shortstop was something of a revolving door for San Diego last season, with Everth Cabrera, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Miguel Tejada all seeing significant time there.