Saturday, October 1, 2011
More Rays awesomeness: the Jason Bartlett Trade
The Rays faced a first round exit against the Texas Rangers in 2010. During the offseason, they lost their entire bullpen, traded one of their starting pitchers, lost their left-fielder and first basemen (both All-Stars) to free agency, as well as trading their short-stop (another All-Star caliber player) Jason Bartlett. They sent Bartlett, along with some cash, to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Adam Russell, Brandon Gomes, Cesar Ramos, and infielder Cole Figueroa. Bartlett put up just a .1 WAR for the last place Padres, with a .90 PPG and 3.11 PAPP. These aren't good numbers obviously. Worst of all, he made $4 million, giving him a putrid WASP of 40000. Cole Figueroa has still not reached the majors for the Rays, but the 3 pitchers have. Russell threw 32.2 innings in relief for the Rays in 2011, with a .2 WAR and a 3.531 PE. Even though that is not real good pitching efficiency, according to WAR, they have already won the trade this year. Not to mention Russell only was paid $421,000 this year. Brandon Gomes threw 37 innings of relief (along with a 3 up 3 down, 2 strikeout inning in game 1 of the 2011 ALDS) for the Rays, giving them a .4 WAR and a -1.069 PE. Cesar Ramos threw 43.2 innings in '11 for the Rays, posting a 0 WAR, and a 1.157 PE. So in the trade, the Rays got 3 relievers that cost nothing, give them decent production, and they control them for a long time. The Padres got an overpaid, struggling offensively, shortstop.