Originally posted on Friarhood  |  Last updated 11/13/11
One of last year’s priorities for the Padres was to shore up the middle infield. Jed Hoyer and the front office brass failed when they brought in Orlando Hudson and traded (overpaying) for Jason Bartlett in hopes of "playing Petco Park into an advantage,” with two solid defenders up the middle. Hoyer banked on Jason Bartlett to have a rebound year, but that didn't happen on the offensive or defensive side. Unless the Padres can unload either Hudson or Bartlett, they may have no other choice than to hope that they rebound next year — playing closer to their career averages and staying healthy. I don't think there is any question that Bartlett is the starting shortstop on Opening Day. I think the Padres can only hope he plays better defense and recapture some of his offensive production from his All-Star year in 2009. Despite two down seasons, one not surprisingly in Petco Park, he's still a solid defender with a (.274/.339 /.371) career batting average.  Last year, the front offi...
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