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Padres trade for Bartlett, near signing Hudson

Minnesota Twins Orlando Hudson hits a single, scoring

Minnesota Twins Orlando Hudson hits a single, scoring a run, in the eigthth inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 9, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

The San Diego Padres reacquired shortstop Jason Bartlett in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and closed in on a deal with second baseman Orlando Hudson on Friday.

The Padres got Bartlett and a player to be determined from the Rays. Tampa Bay will receive major-league relievers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, and minor-leaguers Brandon Gomes, a righthander, and Cole Figueroa, an infielder.

Two people with knowledge of Hudson's deal told The Associated Press that Hudson has agreed to an $11.5-million, two-year contract.

 

Bonds swings at witnesses

Lawyers for Barry Bonds want to bar slugger Jason Giambi, Benito Santiago, Randy Velarde and other former pro athletes from testifying at his perjury trial scheduled to begin March 21 in San Francisco. Bonds' lawyers argue that their testimony is tied to Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson. Illston already has ruled off-limits any evidence connected to Anderson because of his refusal to testify. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that ruling.

 

Wood back in Chicago

Kerry Wood officially rejoined the Cubs with a $1.5-million, one-year deal that includes bonuses for appearances and games finished. Wood and Cubs general manager Jim Hendry met a week ago at Ron Santo's funeral, the two talked later that night at a charity event and Wood told Hendry he wanted to come home and raise his family in Chicago and he wouldn't break the bank.

 

Magglio still a Tiger

As reported Thursday, the Detroit Tigers, who declined Magglio Ordoñez's $15-million option in October, officially re-signed the slugger to a $10-million, one-year deal. They'll hope for a full season from him after he was limited to 84 games in 2010. Ordonez broke his right ankle in July ... A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent Bill Hall that guarantees $3.25 million.- AP

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