Bartlett, Hudson Not In Padres’ Long-Term Plans

The Padres' trade of reliever Ernesto Frieri to the Angels for two minor leaguers, including middle infielder Alexi Amarista, could signal major changes to come in the club's middle infield.  Second baseman Orlando Hudson and shortstop Jason Bartlett are not a part of the club's long-term plans, team sources told Dan Hayes of the North County Times.  Hayes adds that both could be released before the season is through.

Bartlett, 32, has a $5.5MM option for 2013 that vests with 432 plate appearances but San Diego could cut him loose before he reaches that point.  Bartlett currently has made 71 PA in 22 games this season and has surpassed 432 PAs in each of the last five seasons.

Like Bartlett, Hudson is set to earn $5.5MM in 2012.  The 34-year-old, off to a slow start this season, has an $8MM option for next season with a $2MM buyout.  Hudson inked a two-year deal with the Padres in December 2010 and hit .246/.329/.352 for San Diego last year.

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  1. Lastings 3 years ago

    And just when I thought O-Dog was going to get a long term extension from them…

    • chico65 3 years ago

      Too bad O-Dog has lost his bite at the plate when it counts.  Dude can light up BP, though.

    • corey23 3 years ago

       yea i figured an extension of about 10 years to age 60 was in order

      • lefty177 3 years ago

        didn’t know O-Dog was the same age as Jamie Moyer

  2. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Marco Scutaro was basically given away making the same salary as Bartlet and he is/was a useful SS/2b/utility IF. SD is going to have to release Bartlet, or eat nearly the entire amount to move him. he had -1- good season with Tampa, then somehow managed 2 years later to get that 11m deal from the Padres, a team not known for paying above what people are worth. Kind of amazing. 

    • marinest21 3 years ago

       Cole Figueroa, one of the guys who went to the Rays in the Bartlett deal, would now be an interesting 2B prospect for the Friars. Hindsight is 20/20, but we definitely got the raw end of that deal.

      •  I believe he’s [Figueroa] been playing more third base this year. Either way, the Padres didn’t give up too much, but it was still a bad deal.

        • marinest21 3 years ago

          Good call Mick, I didn’t realize he had been playing the hot corner. Either way, I would still take him developing in AAA and being versatile enough to play 2B than having Blow-Dog at the big league level.

    • Silver it’s the Rays who have a little better handle of paying players what they are worth, not the Padres. The Orioles were also the lucky ones in this matter. I really do think Andy MacPhail flipped a coin literally heads it’s Hardy, tails for Bartlett. Bartlett is not a bad player, but Hardy has the ability to light it up when healthy, Bartlett is just a solid player, not a game changer.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

         Don’t think got what I meant there, or I didn’t make myself clear. SD overpaid for Bartlet and has been on a few occasions since Towers left. Might be the new FO some trying to bring in veteran talent, but I wish they would do a better job of picking and choosing which ones to bring in/maintain when they over spend on those types.

        Bartlet is a prime example, the aging Hudson yet another. The type of player is fine (small ball) who should be able to hit in that park, but I would prefer to see them go after guys who have speed as well. those types are out there in that range.. I mention Crisp again.. He has been out there and is the perfect player for Petco.Nyjer Morgan who has had some issues with the Nationals and was almost given away. People who have multi skills.

        • truthlemonade 3 years ago

          You want speed?  Last year, Hudson stole 19 bases, Bartlett stole 23. 

  3. marinest21 3 years ago

    Deven Marrero’s stock is dropping at ASU. Maybe the Padres can snag him with one of their comp picks or take a flier on him in rounds 2-3. May not hit for anything, but most think he could play SS in the big leagues right now.

    • Beersy 3 years ago

      Marrero’s stock is falling, but I unfortunately don’t think it will fall that far.  He will probably still be a mid 1st round selection.

  4. grabarkewitz 3 years ago

    Gotta think that Street and Headley will be the next Padres getting new addresses.  

    • Street I could see, but why Headley? I like Chase Headley.

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        Only because he makes too much money.

      • withpower 3 years ago

         If you really like him, you’ll want to see him get the heck out of San Diego.

    • Beersy 3 years ago

      I thought Street would be the one heading to the Angels, still I don’t see him making the season in San Diego.  Someone will need a bullpen arm and he will be gone.  I just hope they can get someone of note for him.

      With the Padres trying Gyorko at 2nd, I’m starting to think that Headley may be in their long term plans.

  5. myk13 3 years ago

    noooo really?  ha

  6. bigpat 3 years ago

    Is Trevor Hoffman still in their long term plans? 

    • Mario Saavedra 3 years ago

       Probably yes since he is currently working for the organization

    • truthlemonade 3 years ago

      Yeah, I was thinking that Hoffman might want to come out of retirement, get 8 more saves and surpass Rivera again.  Hoffmans’ 44 years old. 

  7. Revisionist history states, “Adrian Gonzalez should have won the 2010 MVP.”

  8. hitttman 3 years ago

    Does this mean that the Padres are lowering payroll for next season? It looks like the Padres are copying the 2008 Marlins business model, ensuring that they are the lowest paid team in MLB.

    • Beersy 3 years ago

      Hopefully just re-allocating this wasted payroll to players who might actually contribute.  $11 million here and the extra money from the TV deal and the Padres might just be able to sign a couple of mid tier free agents.

      • hitttman 3 years ago

         I’d like to check the facts on the TV deal, half of San Diego is still not able to watch the Padres on TV.  Hopefully the O’Malley’s will purchase the team, they have a long history of being true owners.

  9. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    I’m glad to hear that, not a fan or either guy. I hope Amarista gets a shot ASAP

  10. Elliott Plowman 3 years ago

    O-dog should go to the cards since Descalso and Greene can’t hit and Schumaker isn’t that good at fielding. 

    • withpower 3 years ago

       The only problem there is that O-Dog is cooked.

      • Elliott Plowman 3 years ago

        Better then the others though. People thought Furcal was cooked and he’s doing pretty decent right now. Won’t hurt to take a flyer. 

  11. Jesse 3 years ago

    If padres really wanted him they could probably get Peavy back from White Sox for Headly

  12. David Nevin 3 years ago

    ” I mention Crisp again.. He has been out there and is the perfect player
    for Petco.Nyjer Morgan who has had some issues with the Nationals and
    was almost given away. People who have multi skills.”

    Unfortunately,neither of these guys play middle infield.
    Besides,Maybin will be just fine and corner outfielders are plentiful in the Padres system.

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