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Milton Bradley undergoes knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Aug 17, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

Milton Bradley’s season and maybe his terribly disappointing Mariners career could be over after he underwent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee Tuesday.
Bradley hadn’t played for the Mariners since July 26. If he had undergone surgery right away, perhaps he would have been ready to return right around Sept. 1. However, he chose to wait three weeks. It’s still possible that he could make it back for the final two weeks of the season, but the Mariners probably don’t care much one way of the other.
Bradley, acquired from the Cubs for Carlos Silva in an exchange of unwanted properties over the winter, hit just .205/.292/.358 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 244 at-bats for the Mariners. Since leading the AL in OPS with the Rangers in 2008, he’s driven in a total of 69 runs in 197 games for the Cubs and Mariners.
Of course, he’s earned $18 million during that time. And he’s guaranteed another $12 million next year under the terms of the deal Cubs GM Jim Hendry gave him in Jan. 2009. The final year of the contract was voidable if Bradley spent enough time on the DL during his first season with the Cubs, but he remained relatively healthy then and it contained no provisions for any injuries suffered during the 2010 season.
The Mariners will undoubtedly attempt to move Bradley this winter, knowing they’ll have to kick in a load of money or take on another bad contract in order to make it happen. Even that might be enough. With so many teams likely to have serious concerns about whether he can contribute at all, it’s possible no one will want to risk taking on his issues.

  1. The Ol Goaler - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    $12 mil in “sunk cost”…. Yeesh!

  2. MikeM - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    As an M’s fan I am not sure which is better – Bradley wasting our money being hurt or wasting our money taking up a roster spot.

  3. BigdogpoppaD - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Sorry Jack but here is just one more reason in a long list of reasons that Seattle needs to get rid of Jack Zduriencik to ever hope of turning things around. Scouting director of the Brewers to GM of the Mariners – are you kidding me Seattle! Its not the injury its the known issues with Milton Bradley and Seattle had no business in this deal in the first place, his stats were horrible this year and any kid could have told you to stay away from this head case. The other mis-steps like bringing in Choke Figgens and Branyon after letting him walk and then going after prospects for Cliff Lee – what does Smoak have to offer at this point that Jack Z. would pick up yet another first baseman instead of addressing the teams needs to be competitive this year. Wako had no chance with the lack of talent – btw – Jack looked very nervous on the firing video the other day – must feel he’s next. PULL THE PLUG on the trainee GM before the off season if you want any chance next year. No way you will get a quality manager with Jack there – Bobby V. just walked away.

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