Jason Bartlett Finally Traded To San Diego | The Process Report

Jason Bartlett Finally Traded To San Diego

The restructured deal is evidently Jason Bartlett and a player to be named later for Adam Russell, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, and Cole Figueroa.

We’ve already covered Russell and Ramos when the deal was previously thought to be completed.

Russell is a massive man (6’8”) with a mid-90s fastball that sinks and has good movement. He’s tallied 54 career big league innings with sound groundball (45.2%) and whiff (9.1%) rates. He turns 28 in April, but age is mostly irrelevant with pitchers – especially relievers. In his Triple-A career he averaged eight strikeouts per nine and four walks per nine as well. By the way, his FIP during his big league time? 2.90. Don’t expect that to be replicated, but he’s got upside and enough cost control remaining that he fits the bills expected of a reliever acquired by Andrew Friedman.

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Ramos has the lower ceiling and the floor of the pair. He turns 27 next June and throws lefty. His fastball sits in the low-90s and while most reports suggest he lacks a legitimate plus-secondary offering, his whiff rate over 20-something big league innings is very good. Ramos’ minor league numbers lack the sexiness of Russell, but he actually made 15 starts for the Padres Triple-A team last season and has been a starter throughout most of his minor league career.

Jason Collette has since dug up Ramos’ minor league numbers versus lefties which break down as:

2010: .216/.281/.319
2009: .238/.333/.317
2008: .292/.343/.398

As for the new guys. Gomes is a 26-year-old with ridiculous minor league numbers. He’s struck out at least 11 batters per nine innings pitched at each level above Single-A. His minor league FIP over the last two seasons were excellent (2.39 and 2.07). Meanwhile, StatCorner has him as a slight groundball pitcher. For whatever reasons, he remained in Double-A, which is similar to the position Dale Thayer found himself in within the Padres’ organization before the Rays freed him and then stashed him in Triple-A.

From a previous discussion with Padres’ diehard Marc Normandin, I found out that scouts like Gomes less than his numbers would suggest. His fastball can hit the mid-90s but it occasionally runs flat. Gomes’ curveball is his bread and butter. Tasty enough that Kevin Goldstein called him a nice little sleeper.

Figueroa was the average age for his league, but walked his tail off. He went to the University of Florida so expect the hometown kid treatment, but he’s probably nothing more than a bench player in the majors. Figueroa has walked 148 times in his career — roughly 14% of the time — while fanning 122 times — or 11% of the time. He’s also managed 48 stolen bases throughout his minor league career. The lack of power makes it a little difficult to get too high on Figueroa’s production, although high-walk, low-pop guys with speed tend to fare better in the majors than their slow counterparts. Goldstein called him a grinder who might find his way into the outfield. He’s got some ground to cover before being major league ready though.

It’s difficult — if not impossible — to evaluate this trade without knowing who the PTBNL is. Collette has speculated — even before tonight — that Cesar Cabral could be on the move to San Diego, as he was on the PTBNL list in the Adrian Gonzalez deal. If it’s someone else in the system, then things become a little more complicated. As it stands, the Rays get two guys who will likely open the season in the bullpen, another guy who could find his way there before long, and a potential bench player down the road. All for someone that everyone in the league knew was on the way out. Fair haul and one that should pay immediate dividends with Russell ostensibly taking a worthwhile relief role with the club.



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