Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50’ to happen

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Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters.

Whatever the case, Jon Heyman of SI.com reported Wednesday that the trade is “better than 50-50” to get done.  But, like, worse than 70-30.  And worse than 60-40.

The Rays were slated to get relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell in return from San Diego and were planning to plug some of the holes in their bullpen with the lefty and righty.  Tampa Bay’s talented 2010 relief corps has been ravaged this winter by the free agent market.

The Padres, meanwhile, were hoping to start Bartlett at shortstop.  He had a rough 2010, but the Friars got very little production from short this past year and his presence would have meant an improved 2011 lineup.

For now we will continue to play the waiting game.

Yasiel Puig’s one-game suspension has been rescinded

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.

Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”

Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.

Video: Adrian Beltre hits his 450th career home run

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.

The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.

On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.