Dec 7, 2009, 9:45 PM EDT
ESPN’s Jayson Stark says that three-team trade talks that would have sent Pat Burrell to the Mets are dead, but that Milton Bradley still might head to Tampa Bay.
The Rays seem to have far more interest in Bradley than any other team, yet there’s no way that they’d do a deal without moving Burrell first or at the same time.
Bradley’s contract remains the biggest obstacle here. Both he and Burrell will make $9 million next year, but while that’s the last year of Burrell’s deal, Bradley is set to make another $12 million in 2011.
There also is a clear need for a third team in talks. The Cubs have no interest in adding Burrell to their lineup, and it doesn’t appear as though anyone considers him to be a legitimate option in left field.
Bradley to Tampa Bay, Burrell to Seattle and Carlos Silva to Chicago is one deal that would make some sense, but that’s just something I’m making up. Something will be worked out eventually, but it’s become more likely that Bradley will remain a Cub through the end of the week, which might result in GM Jim Hendry missing out on some of his top choices to take over in center field (Curtis Granderson, Mike Cameron).
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