Friday, December 17, 2010

Newly acquired by Rays, infielder should be Biscuit

The Rays and San Diego Padres finally announced the Jason Bartlett trade and expanded on it. One of the new pieces should be headed to the Biscuits.

Infielder Cole Figueroa hit .303 in 124 games last year at high-Class A Lake Elsinore, which means he's in line to be at Double-A in 2011. Figueroa has a .296 average since being taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.

Figueroa and pitcher Brandon Gomes were added to the trade, which was first reported during the winter meetings last week. The Padres will also now receive a player to be named. The original deal had Bartlett to the Padres for pitchers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell.

Gomes was 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA at Double-A San Antonio this year.

The Rays also announced signing reliever Joel Peralta to a major-league, one-year contract. The 34-year-old right-hander made 39 appearances for the Nationals this year.

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