Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Bartlett trade update
Posted Dec 14, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Dec 14, 2010 at 09:41 PM
BY ROGER MOONEY
Actually, not so much of an update. Perhaps a little clarification maybe.
The hold up is the health of one of the two pitchers the Rays were to get from the Padres in return for Jason Bartlett.
Dan Hayes of the North County Times (North San Diego) sheds some light on the topic:
Cesar Ramos is in limbo regarding a potential trade to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Padres reportedly traded Ramos and fellow pitcher Adam Russell to the Rays for shortstop Jason Bartlett last Thursday. Ramos said Tuesday that, contrary to reports that he is injured, he is healthy and still waiting for word from the Padres regarding his future. The only contact Ramos has had with the Padres since the deal was first reported was when an official called Monday to find out whether or not he is injured.
Milb.com lists Ramos being on the seven-day disabled list for Mexican League team Hermasillo. It lists that Ramos last pitched on Nov. 18.
But Ramos said by phone Tuesday that he pitched the first half of the season for Hermasillo and then headed home to Long Beach as planned. Ramos made eight appearances and completed 31 2/ 3 innings. He said the DL move was made to open up a roster spot and that he had just completed the second day of his offseason throwing program.
“The only stuff I’ve heard is online,” Ramos said. “It’s a little frustrating. One day you see it’s done and the next it’s not. I’d kind of like to know what is going on and if I’m going to spring training in Arizona or Florida.”
As of last week, Bartlett told multiple Tampa Bay media outlets that he had been traded to the Padres. But Bartlett has since said he only learned of the trade through television reports and said he hasn’t been informed of a deal by the Rays.
It’s common practice that an organization wouldn’t inform a player of a trade until all medical records have been reviewed. If the Rays reviewed the records of Russell and Ramos and decided they didn’t like what they saw, they could ask for another player in return for Bartlett. One baseball source said it would surprise him if the deal is not completed.