The trade that brought the washed-up shortstop to San Diego never made any sense from the beginning. Remember that Jed Hoyer had been hired as the general manager of the San Diego Padres about a year earlier by promising to mold a team to Petco Park. That was supposed to mean position players with defensive range, a good glove, speed and an ability to hit line drives that did not shoot for Petco's unattainable fences. So of course one of Hoyer's first moves was to bring in an over-the-hill infielder with no range, a fading glove, no speed and a weak bat to man the shortstop position.
That was mistake No. 1.
Mistake No. 2 came the following month when the Padres locked up Jason Bartlett for the next two years with a guarantee to overpay for a third year if he accumulates a ridiculously low number of at-bats.
Mistake No. 3 was not Hoyer's. It was wannabe owner Jeff Moorad's. When Hoyer demanded he be let out of his contract as general manager of the San Diego Padres at the end of the 2011 season so he could take the exact same position with another team, Moorad should've said, "OK, as log as you take both of your mistakes with you." Orlando Hudson being the other mistake.
Instead, Moorad just said, "OK. Best of luck. Thank you for not following the plan you said you would follow before I hired you."
And now mistake No. 4 continues to be made on a daily basis by Hoyer's replacement, Josh Byrnes.
So here's your to-do list for the day, Josh:
1. Put Bartlett on waivers. Get rid of him. He makes way too many errors (five so far). He's batting .164 (pathetic even by San Diego Padres standards). He's history.
2. Call up Everth Cabrera. He's batting .321 for Tucson. He has 11 stolen bases and hasn't been caught stealing once. He leads Tucson regulars with a .367 OB%. He's played four different positions. The other day, in a start in center field, he threw a guy out at the plate and another one out at first base (according to the box score). He's exciting. He's the future.
I realize it must be difficult to cut a guy earning $5.5 million. But by keeping Bartlett on the team, you're only paying him to help the club find new ways to lose. You're only paying him to keep fans away from the park. So think of cutting him the same way Charlie Sheen rationalizes giving money to a prostitute. Just pay him to leave.