Bartlett, Rays agree on 1-year contract

Updated: January 20, 2009, 2:36 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Shortstop Jason Bartlett and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed Tuesday on a one-year contract worth $1,981,250, avoiding arbitration.

Bartlett, part of the November 2007 trade that also brought right-hander Matt Garza to the AL champions in exchange for Delmon Young, made $412,500 while helping solidify the Rays' defense last season.

Manager Joe Maddon often referred to the 29-year-old as Tampa Bay's most valuable player during the team's run to the World Series. The ...

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