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Mariners hoping Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge can get along

Nov 19, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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Milton Bradley and Eric Wedge clashed numerous times while in Cleveland in 2003 and 2004, leading to Bradley being traded by the Indians, and now that they’re together again in Seattle it seemed inevitable that the Mariners would try to deal the oft-disgruntled outfielder as well.

However, shortly after Wedge was hired last month Bradley said he was “over it” and willing to work with Wedge again, and general manager Jack Zduriencik recently told Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse that Bradley is being given a “clean slate” on his various issues:

That’s water over the dam. That was several years ago. He and Eric talked since Eric got the job. They are both grown men. They are both pros. They will turn the page and move on and play baseball.

First of all, since when is “water over the dam” a thing people say?

Secondly, I’m still very skeptical. The problems Bradley and Wedge had in Cleveland weren’t exactly minor issues. Wedge pulled Bradley from a spring training game, Bradley wore a “F*** Eric Wedge” shirt around the clubhouse, and the Indians banned Bradley from their spring training complex.

My guess is that the Mariners would love to move Bradley, if they could. Instead he’s coming off the worst season of his career that included a .205 batting average and injuries, and the number of teams interested in him was fairly limited even when he was playing well. Bradley and Wedge co-existing seems awfully unlikely, but when the alternative is simply eating the $12 million remaining on Bradley’s contract the Mariners probably figure they might as well give it a shot.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Nov 19, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Have you forgotten that Dayton Moore is still in the league?

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    I thought Milton was all kinds of happy-go-lucky nowadays. Hmm…I guess not.

  3. Utley's Hair - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    And I totally agree with the “water over the dam” thing—isn’t water supposed to be confined by a dam, and not permitted over it? What happened to water under the bridge? But then again, water over the Hoover dam would still be under that new-fangled bridge they have there.

  4. Jeremiah Graves - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    If the Mariners sign Jeff Francoeur, they can probably find a way to send a package deal of Francoeur and Bradley to the Royals for Greinke or Gordon or Butler or just about anyone if it means Moore finally lands the all-elusive Jeff Francoeur.

  5. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    I may hate some of my Cub contracts, but dumping his off for Silva makes it all okay for me mentally.

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