Padres sign shortstop Bartlett
By Sports Network
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres signed newly-acquired shortstop Jason Bartlett to a two-year contract on Monday.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to MLB.com the contract is worth $11 million with a vesting option for 2013 that could increase the total value to $15 million. Bartlett would have been eligible for arbitration without a new deal.
The 31-year-old veteran came to the Padres on Dec. 17 in a six-player trade with Tampa Bay.
Bartlett, who could have to become a free agent after the 2011 season, hit only .254 with four home runs and 47 runs batted in last year. His disappointing season was a far cry from a remarkable 2009 campaign that saw him bat .320 with 14 home runs and 66 RBI.
The Padres will have a new-look middle infield for the upcoming season as Bartlett will join second baseman Orlando Hudson, who was signed as a free agent earlier this offseason.
Originally picked by San Diego in the 13th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Bartlett has hit .281 with 29 home runs, 129 doubles, 23 triples, 242 RBI, 363 runs scored and 100 stolen bases in 721 career games over parts of seven big-league seasons with Minnesota (2004-07) and Tampa Bay (2008-10).