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Are the Rays really going to trade for Milton Bradley?

Oct 9, 2009, 11:11 AM EST

There are no actual named sources tied to this article, so I have to assume it’s wishful thinking more than anything else, but the Chicago Sun-Times’ Chris De Luca is chattering about a potential Milton Bradley for Pat Burrell trade:

Sources say the Cubs have been pushing the Tampa Bay Rays for a quick deal . . . The Rays emerged as potential trade partners because they are looking to shed their own deal gone bad. After losing out on Bradley last winter, the Rays signed outfielder Pat Burrell to a two-year, $16 million contract.

De Luca hooks this all on the Rays being interested in Bradley last offseason. Of course, last offseason Bradley was coming off a high-production yet quiet off-the-field year in Texas.  Aside from the arguable matchup between the bad Burrell contract and the way worse Bradley contract, there’s no indication that the Rays are interested.

The Rays are run by some smart people, so I really can’t see them going for such a deal, even if the Cubs picked up the second year of Bradley’s deal, which they’d almost certainly have to in order to get past the laugh test.

But it’s fun to think about how the Cubs could rid themselves of Bradley.  I’m dubious of the Rays taking Bradleu on, but I think this theory — a challenge trade of one bad contract for another — is the only way it’s going to happen.

  1. Jamie - Oct 9, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Milton Bradley career batting line: .277/.371/.450, OPS+ 116
    Pat Burrell: .254/.363/.475 OPS+ 115
    Bradley is two years younger, switch hits, still plays the outfield, and had nowhere near the drop-off Burrell did last year(.257/.378 /.397 for Bradley, .221/.315/.367 for Burrell). Basically, Milton Bradley has a lot more value as a baseball player than Pat Burrell does. The Rays *are* run by some smart people, which is why they should make this trade if the Cubs are willing to make the money come out anywhere near even.
    I don’t know what the Cubs would do with Burrell though, I guess spin him to another AL team that will take his contract for a PTBNL. But good luck finding one.

  2. Scott - Oct 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Why would anyone want Milton Bradley? He gets hurt every year, has a problem with the Manager every year and blows up at an umpire after getting caught looking every year. He ends up hitting 14 or 15 homers, steals a few bases and becomes a great big pain in the ass every year. Dodgers got the steal of the century getting Ethier for him. He’s T.O without the talent.

  3. MikeS - Oct 9, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Bradley only technically plays the outfield – he’s a butcher in right. Bradley accused Cub fans of hurling racial epithets at him, then refused to back it up. Bradley forgot the number of outs in an inning twice in a matter of weeks. Bradley’s manager called him a piece of sh-t and he did it in the media. Bradley’s teammates were happy to see him go when the Cubs suspended him for the last few games of the season, just as they were in Texas, San Diego, Oakland, LA, Cleveland and maybe even Montreal. They even talked about how they didn’t miss him to the press.
    And I’m a white Sox fan who doesn’t care about the Cubs. So that’s only the stuff I couldn’t avoid living in the same city. I’m sure there’s more.
    The Cubs will be lucky to get a bag of batting practice balls for him even if they pay all his salary for the next two years and throw in a few prospects and the choicest of the Wrigley bleacher babes. I’m not saying they won’t convince some crazy GM that all he needs is a change of scenery. I’m just saying that when it happens, they will be lucky and please, God, don’t let the crazy GM be Kenny Williams.

  4. Shely - Oct 10, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Anyone who want Milton is nuts. He is trouble within his own club house and on the field with umps. When he was suspended, his teammates cheered the news. What is he going to do for the Rays, but cause the same trouble and distractions. Chicago has him for now. Let them keep him or pay him off to leave. There is no place in MLB for this guy. He is a mental case and belongs under a doctors care on meds.

  5. WmB - Oct 10, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    It’s hard to believe that Oakland gave Ethier to get Bradley from the Dodgers. Has to be one of the worst trades ever, maybe worse than Pedro for DeShields!

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