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Milton Bradley traded to the Mariners: Wow, this is actually happening

Dec 18, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times tweets that the Cubs are actually going to trade Milton Bradley to the Mariners for Carlos Silva.  An announcement could come later today. Holy Moses, it was more than just a rumor.

Now all Seattle has to do is figure out where to play him. Left field seems the most obvious choice, but there goes that vaunted Mariner defense. Maybe he’ll split time with Griffey at DH. Maybe a little first base.

No matter the case, with Bradley out in Seattle, we won’t be hearing nearly as much about him as we did when he was in Chicago.

UPDATE: The Mariners are paying the Cubs $9 million in the deal, which means that Chicago is saving $6 million after accounting for the imbalance between Bradley and Silva’s salaries. This makes it a much better deal for Chicago than it appeared at first blush, given that Silva is one of the worst pitchers in existence, while Bradley at least still has a chance at being a productive hitter.

UPDATE IIThe deal is officially announced.

12:20 P.M. Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs and Mariners are talking about a Milton Bradley trade, with the idea being that Seattle will send bad-contract Carlos Silva ($24 million) to Chicago for bad-contract Bradley ($21 million). Financially that makes sense, but I’m having a hard time picturing M’s fans enjoying Bradley (a) taking DH at bats away from Ken Griffey, Jr.; or (b) messing up an outstanding defensive team.  If Milton is manning the spacious Safeco outfield Cliff Lee might just retire and go sell insurance or something. But a suitor is a suitor, and the Cubs will take whatever they can get right now.

But are the Cubs “hamstrung” until they trade Bradley?  That’s what Heyman relates some people as saying.  This makes little sense to me.  Yes, a team usually is unable to make a move on a free agent or trade bait until they can unload the player whose absence will create the vacancy.  It’s a question of leverage really: if the team winds up with two guys for one position everyone will know that they are desperate to move the old guy, and it will be hard to make a good deal.

But this doesn’t apply to the Cubs and Bradley. Everyone already knows they need to move him. They know the Cubs are desperate. There is no way they can go into 2010 with Bradley in their outfield, so their leverage is already shot.

Maybe this Carlos Silva deal with work out for them — and if it does, Mazel Tov to Jim Hendry — but shot of that, the Cubs are either going to have to pay someone off to take Bradley or they’re going to have to release him.  In light of this, why not just go get Marlon Byrd or whoever they want to roam the Wrigley outfield next year right now?

  1. Pimpin Pete - Dec 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Cubs get Carlos Silva
    Mets get Milton Bradley
    Mariners get Luis Castillo
    Slide Jose Lopez to 3rd and put Figgins at 2nd (or anywhere)
    Everyone’s happy. Or less miserable.

  2. Jamie - Dec 18, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    If Bradley behaves and puts up a .370+ OBP, that’s an amazing return for Carlos Silva. He’s actually a pretty average outfielder (according to UZR, anyway), but if the Mariners don’t think he’s good enough they can use him in a DH platoon with Griffey and still sign someone else for LF (since this doesn’t raise their payroll a dime).

  3. michael gilberti - Dec 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Why don’t the Cubs do a deal, Bradley for Vernon Wells? Bad contract for worser contract . . . but at least Wells can still play the field and hit when his head’s right.

  4. Stevo - Dec 18, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    We don’t need a HEADCASE PUNK! He’d be a crowd pleaser in N.Y. @ Yankee Stadium!

  5. MW - Dec 18, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Gee, as a Cubs fan I wish I could say I’m excited about this development. But frankly there are so many other problems with this team, this is a borderline irrelevant development.
    Get rid of Soriano; THEN we’re talking.

  6. Illifer - Dec 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    I think I can at least speak for the rabid USSM/Lookout Landing part of Mariners fandom when I say that I have no problem with Bradley taking ABs away from Junior at DH. Griffey was resigned to be a good club house influence and be, essentially, a mascot, not to be the everyday DH.
    We still need a 1b (Gamel? Branyan? Luke Scott?), but I bet the typical lineup will be Michael Saunders in LF and Bradely at DH. Griffey is a bat off the bench at this point in his career, not the everyday starter.

  7. Jimmy - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    WTF? The Mariners were doing such a nice job the last couple weeks? They massively upgrade their own roster while watching their chief rival lose two of its best players. So what makes for a fine encore, why signing one of the biggest malcontent a-holes in the game of course! Good luck with your clubhouse now…

  8. Ed - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Thanks, Mariners I did NOT want him coming to St. Pete! :-D

  9. Drano - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    Good Riddance Milt….in all honesty we would’ve taken a new whirlpool or team bus for your sorry butt. Best of luck to the Mariners and at least it’s a bail out of sorts to any Seattle shrink looking for a new patient.
    Cubs Fan…..

  10. Ry - Dec 18, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    So pimpin_pete, if the Mariners are to get Castillo and then move Figgins to 2nd…where do you play Castillo? He’s certainly not going to be a DH.

  11. Vern - Dec 18, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    Big upside of the deal for Chicago? Silva is a one-man economic stimulus plan for local burger joints and hotdog vendors.

  12. schmiggs - Dec 18, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Jaime, did you see any of the Cubs games on tv? Milton Bradley is not average in the outfield, he is absolutely brutal in the outfield! I feel sorry for the Seattle fans. Hopefully Junior and Figgins can keep Bradley’s head on straight, otherwise you might as well call it a year now. Good riddance to bad news.

  13. curt - Dec 18, 2009 at 9:45 PM

    With Carlos Silva and Carlos Zambrano, we’ve got a Carlos “tag team” in more ways than one! Bring on those Chicago dogs! (And I mean that in more ways than one also.)
    I hope Milton finds some inner peace though. For a multi-millionaire, he’s one unhappy dude.

  14. grape_vine - Dec 18, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    Cliff Lee’s gonna wonder what’s up with his karma lately.

  15. AJ Gallo - Dec 19, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Whatever positive strides the Mariners had accomplished in their drive to beat the Angels in that division, they just ruined it with this deal. Bringing this cancer to Seattle will cause them a Safeco-sized headache.

  16. Robert Greene - Dec 19, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Never thought Bradley was that much anyway and anyone who gets him is in the hole immediately. He is a positive nothing.

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