Pads get Bartlett from Rays for two relievers
Source: Baltimore Sun — Jason Bartlett, who has been a shortstop target of the Orioles this offseason, has been traded to the San Diego Padres for relievers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos.
Heâ€™s now off the Oriolesâ€™ wish list, leaving Minnesotaâ€™s J.J. Hardy as the leading candidate to replace Cesar Izturis at shortstop — assuming the Orioles donâ€™t re-sign Izturis.
Brendan Ryan of the St. Louis Cardinals is also a possibility. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Tuesday that he has had discussions with the Cardinals, Twins and Rays while searching for a shortstop.
A deal for Hardy likely wonâ€™t happen today, but we know the sides have had serious talks and that minor league reliever Brett Jacobson has been mentioned as a possibility.
Itâ€™s also possible that the Orioles could select someone with the fourth pick of Thursdayâ€™s Rule 5 draft and include that player in a trade, whether to the Twins or another team.
The Orioles were closing in on a deal Monday that would have sent Nolan Reimold and Alfredo Simon to the Rays for Bartlett, but the Orioles backed away.