Apr 22, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Jason Bartlett (center) throws to first to put out Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence (not pictured) for the double play after forcing out Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) in front of Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson (right) during the eighth inning at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
These moves were to make the team better today and for the future. The Padres need the middle infield players to hit.
Byrnes says it was a difficult personal decision to release Hudson. He traded for him when he was a GM in Arizona. He wasn't a good fit here. Byrnes wishes him nothing but the best. If Hudson's performance was better you wouldn't hear about clubhouse problems, this is a performance business. "Unfortunately for O-Dog his performance wasn't doing the job for us."
Byrnes talked to John Moores and Tom Garfinkel to get their approval for big moves like these. Owners are usually more willing to move on than baseball people who are more stubborn.
Jason Bartlett's injury is more of an on going issue. "I don't know if it's gotten much worse but it hasn't gotten much better." They let Bartlett know that they couldn't assure him of a job when he gets back.
Alexi Amarista is a "smaller guy". He can hit and he's always hit for average. He doesn't strike out much. He can play defense. He also has versatility.
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