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Try again on Bartlett?

buried in this Robothal article is the following:

Regardless of what happens with Bell, the PADRES want to trade either shortstop Jason Bartlett or second baseman Orlando Hudson, major league sources say.
Bartlett, 32, is signed for $5.5 million next season with a $5.5 million option or $1.5 million buyout for 2013.

Bartlett was worth almost 2 fWAR last year, so the price certainly isn't unreasonable.  He had a lousy year with the bat, going .245/.308/.309 which would seem to be the product of bad plate discipline.  His swinging strike and pitch chase rates were both career highs.  His defense at SS is average and possibly on the decline, though last year was his best year by UZR/150 standards since 2008.  

Personally I'd say no, but given our past interest and since the market for shortstops is so thin I would expect that NH will at least inquire.  He doesn't seem to offer much beyond what Ronny Cedeno could have done for a smaller price, but he could make a reasonable stopgap to hopefully one of d'Arnaud/Mercer. 

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