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Milton Bradley a hot property

Oct 22, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Yeah, I did a double take too, but check out what FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting:

Multiple teams are in contact the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley, with one source saying, “You would be shocked at the level of interest.”  The Cubs remain confident that they can trade Bradley without assuming the vast majority of the $21 million remaining on his contract over the next two years.

I guess this all turns on the definition of “vast majority.”  Is that 60%? 75%?  There’s probably no way you take Bradley if you have to pay him $10-$12 million, but if you’re a team that could use a DH, would you go for $6 million? $7 million?  That’s a closer call, especially considering that it buys you two years of what could very well be above-average production.  At that amount, most teams could simply cut Bradley and eat the money without too much heartburn if he acts like a knucklehead.  And it may be just on the good side of the Cubs’ “vast majority” line.

My friend Rob Neyer is fond of saying that teams don’t trade players. They trade contracts.  A contract at $3-$4m a year for a decent bat is worth trading for, even if that contract and bat are attached to Milton Bradley.

  1. not a fan of bradley - Oct 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Does what ever team that trades for him have to take his mother as part of the trade as well? Buyer beware!!!

  2. Jim Milam - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    How much would you pay for a headache? Great skills, zero ability to manage himself. Sure wouldn’t want him on my team!

  3. ChopperJim - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Forget about his behavior. Let’s face it, it’s provocative, but it will eventually leave us with a “so what”! Anyway, there are many misbehaved players in baseball; that’s not the relevant issue with MB.
    Finishing with the Rangers in ’08, MB had a lifetime average of 318 AB’s (2867/9) per year, with a standard deviation of 155. Considering he was hired by the Cubs for his offensive abilities, we’re going to ignore his defensive contributions for this exercise (easy to do since he only played a couple of dozen games in the Rangers’ outfield). So, $10M per year, divided by 318 AB’s equals $31,391 per at bat. We can couple that with his lifetime hitting average of .280 (at that time), which would equal $112,113 for each hit. Or, let’s figure him for his power!?!? Going into the ’09 season, the Cubs could expect to pay around $873,786 for each home run, after you add up his 9 years, 103 total HR’s, averaging 11.44 HR per year. MB is a part-time player with a superstar salary.
    These numbers were in plain view of the Cubs when they brought him into to his first multi-year contact at ten meeeeelyon dollars per. Good deal for MB – lousy decision-making by the Cubs. The only thing outta whack here were false expectations. Shame on the Cubs; MB’s performance this year was very predictable. The Cubs relied on ‘hope’ instead of logic.
    Respectfully submitted,
    ChopperJim

  4. Largebill - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Regardless of which sport, coaches are by their nature somewhat arrogant (okay, confident might be a better word). Because of that confidence they don’t always look at other team’s problem players the same way we as fans do. Usually their thought is sure he’s been a problem for them, but I can handle him differently. Whether you’re talking about Terrell Owens, or Bradley, there is always some other team that thinks it will work out for them. The one position where that actually has some validity is the pitcher with great “stuff” who just can’t put it together. There are dozens of examples of struggling pitchers who blossom under a different pitching coach.

  5. Cosmic Charlie - Oct 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    I think Bradley will have a big year, as long as he’s in a city where the preschool teachers aren’t all racists.

  6. ChopperJim - Oct 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Hey, Coz, why is MB any more susceptible to racism that everyone else in the MLB? You’re supporting the ‘racism notion’ along with all the other idiots is a aimless ruse to distract from the facts. MB’s a part time player; always has been, always will be. “Racism?” Ha! I see where you get your name…

  7. Tom Shumaker - Oct 22, 2009 at 11:57 PM

    I’m sure Cosmic’s comments about racist pre-school teachers were facetious, Chopper Boy. Did you forget about Moms Bradley & her big mouth? Get a grip!

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