Mariners Gamble On Cubs Outfielder Milton Bradley

The Deal
Well-traveled outfielder Milton Bradley took about five minutes to wear out his welcome with the Cubs. He got ejected from his first game with the club, then later engaged in shouting matches with the Chicago coaching staff and ultimately found himself suspended for the team’s final 15 games. Chicago has spent all winter shopping
Bradley around, mostly to American League teams where he can DH.

They finally found a taker in Seattle, a club with a pounding headache of its own in the form of righthander Carlos Silva, a dismal free agent signing who went 5-18, 6.81 in his first two years with the club. In addition to adding Silva, the Cubs also will receive $9 million from Seattle to help offset the differences in salary between the players.

Bradley’s bat remains intriguing, even as he misses
time with injury each season. For example, he led the AL with his .436 on-base
percentage in ’08.

 
Mariners Acquire
Milton Bradley, rf
Age: 31. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: 2 years, $21 million.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Oakland (AL) /
San Diego (NL)
2007 .306 61 209 37 64 9 1 13 37 31 41 5 .402 .545
Texas (AL) 2008 .321 126 414 78 133 32 1 22 77 80 112 5 .436 .563
Chicago (NL) 2009 .257 124 393 61 101 17 1 12 40 66 95 2 .378 .397
3-Year Totals .293 311 1016 176 298 58 3 47 154 177 248 12 .407 .495
 
Cubs Acquire
Carlos Silva, rhp
Age: 30. Remaining Commitment: 2 years, $23 million (plus $2 million buyout or $12 million mutual option for ’12).
Mariners to send a total of $9 million to the Cubs in the next two seasons.
Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Minnesota (AL) 2007 13 14 4.19 33 33 0 202 229 99 94 20 36 89 1.31
Seattle (AL) 2008 4 15 6.46 28 28 0 153 213 114 110 20 32 69 1.60
Seattle (AL) 2009 1 3 8.60 8 6 0 30 41 29 29 5 11 10 1.71
3-Year Totals 18 32 5.44 69 67 0 386 483 242 233 45 79 168 1.46

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